Ergonomics is the science behind designing a workspace to help an employee carry out their role in a more efficient and practical manner without any injuries.  It identifies the negative practice that many workers face and aims to provide long term solutions which will enable meaningful results.

 

The Benefits of Ergonomics?

 

Consider the benefits of setting up a workplace which is conducive to your team’s health.

 

  • Reduces cost -  avoid compensation costs or having to pay sick pay or time costs associated with finding a new staff member.

 

  • Better productivity - a happy and comfortable team member produces their best work.

 

  • An improved working culture - staff members who notice their company is looking after them are more likely to not take as many sick days, it improves morale and interaction.

 

  • Safer environment - with welfare of others at the forefront of your company, it helps to create a strong and safer environment as a whole and leads to better human performance.

 

Now you’re ready to set up a workplace that’s beneficial to your staff members, let’s cover 2 practical solutions that you can implement quickly and easily.

 

  1. Introduce a HumanScale Footrest

 

When designing an ergonomic work environment, often the legs and feet are forgotten about and they shouldn’t! After all, they carry your body. 

 

If you overlook your legs and feet and not support them correctly, then you give reason for circulation and health problems to arise.

 

So why is a HumanScale Footrest important?

 

  • Comfortable: Hard and cold floors are bad for your health in the long run. A HumanScale foot rest is comfortable and provides a nice and an essential  break from cold concrete.
  • Active sitting:  sitting for too long has been deemed unhealthy but a HumanScale footrest encourages active sitting. This means, it’ll help with a rocking motion that assists with blood flow to the legs, aiding in better circulation.
  • Versatile: anyone can use a HumanScale footrest even those who are considerably shorter.  Foot rest are ideal for helping the user keep their feet flat and weight evenly distributed which shorter people can find a challenge but not with a footrest.

 

Fun fact: Did you know footrest users can stand 30% longer?

 

2.  Opt for a CBS Laptop Stand

 

Technology has become a part of our everyday environment and we relying more on it each year. Computers and laptops are therefore an essential for many workers which means time spent at a computer desk is becoming more frequent yet it’s not great for your body.

  • Choosing a CBS laptop stand can help to lessen aches, pains and strains due to not using one.

  • A CBS laptop stand adjusts to the user's height therefore the user doesn’t have to strain their neck or eyes to view the screen.

  • A CBS laptop stand helps comfortable viewing to the user

  • A CBS laptop stand allows you to place an integrated keyboard at a level comfortable to your wrists.

 

Fun fact : Your skeleton is not designed to stay in a seated position for a long period of time.

 

Top tips for an ergonomic workstation

 

 

Sit correctly:

  • Feet should be parallel to the floor with your feet flat on the HumanScale footrest. Adjust your chair accordingly.
  • There should be two inches of clearance between the back of your knees and the front edge of the seat. Adjusting the seat pan depth will enable this.
  • The backrest should be adjusted so it fits the small of your back efficiently.
  •  Support varying reclines throughout the day by adjusting the recline tension. Remember to avoid recline locks!
  • Lean back and relax allowing the backrest to support your body

 

Use the mouse properly:

  • Minimise reaching by positioning your keyboard close to the mouse
  • Avoid anchoring your wrist on the desk.
  • Glide the heel of your palm over the mousing surface.
  • Use your entire arm to mouse. 

 

Remember your monitor should:

  • Be an arm’s length distance and slightly below the eye level.
  • Be tilted away from you so your line of sight is perpendicular to the monitor.

 

Most importantly:

  • Take 2 / 3 30-60 second breaks each hour.
  • Get up and move around frequently.
  • Choose to carry out some tasks standing up.
  • Consider a sit stand desk.

 

View all of our Desk Ergonomics here.