The What and Why of Ergonomics
Increasingly, ergonomics is a driving force in office interior design, layout and furnishing with employers taking greater care in ensuring both the physiological and psychological needs of the workforce are taken more seriously in the workplace.
The What of Ergonomics
Office ergonomics applies science to the design of the workplace, so as to maximise productivity while reducing fatigue and discomfort.
To be taken into consideration must be an individual employees’ health and satisfaction, alongside more attention paid to the workspace and environment.
The ergonomic workplace incorporates scientifically designed products, from keyboard platforms, foot machines and copy holders, to accessories in your workplace that fit the unique user for prevention of injuries.
The aim of this is to help reduce physical strain on the bones, joints and muscles.
Carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis are caused by repetitive motions such as typing. You can prevent this by setting up your computer workstation in a way that allows your wrists and hands to be as neutral as possible. This may be achieved by raising your screen.
Another example is an LCD monitor on a workplace desk that may not be in the optimal height position for the user. This can cause strain on the eyes, neck and shoulders. Use an LCD arm to elevate the LCD monitor to the optimal viewing height for the user.
The Why of Ergonomics
Whilst many associate workplace injuries with those associated with traditional, heavy industries and construction work etc, the physical strain modern, sedentary jobs put on our bodies contributes hugely to the cost of worker’s compensation programs, sick leave, lost productivity, staff demotivation and decreased productivity.
Poor ergonomics affects worker’s health and productivity at all levels of an organisation and yet this problem, with some skilled office interior design planning and appropriate furniture can be considerably mitigated.
Disregarding the practice of ergonomics puts the body at a risk of suffering from skeletal injury and compromises work quality. Such injuries combined with lower productivity increases costs to the employer, so taking ergonomics seriously makes sense.
Good ergonomics keeps a person healthy, increases productivity and efficiency while contributing to the general morale of the work force. Good Ergonomics also involves taking frequent breaks from your desk to get up and move around, talk to colleagues and taking in some fresh air.