Today many of us are working longer hours than ever before. But if we’re being honest, we aren’t always accomplishing more. Woven into those work hours are moments where we are simply too distracted and unfocused to be fully productive.
Distraction at work comes in many forms such as interruptions from technology or people, clutter, background noise, and other causes. We’ll cover more of these distractions in upcoming articles.
In this article we will focus on one of the major causes of decreased productivity – pain and discomfort due to poor ergonomics.
Those of us who have worked for extended lengths of time sitting at a desk in front of a computer can attest to experiencing fatigue and pain in the neck and back. We also know that desk bound employees who spend long hours in uncomfortable positions run the risk of developing musculoskeletal conditions. Fortunately, ergonomic office furniture and equipment can help alleviate these problems.
Ergonomic workstations offer employees a safe environment that supports their musculoskeletal system and prevents fatigue. They can lower the risk of developing physical problems related to workplace injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic neck and back pain, and eye strain. When the task and the employee’s physical positioning are in harmony through proper ergonomics, there will be a lowered risk of injury as well as an increase in productivity.
Practical Ergonomic Tips for the Workplace
Height-adjustable desks allow the user to adjust the computer keyboard to more natural positions which will relieve pressure on the hands, arms, and upper back. Thanks to this flexibility, sit-stand desks can help prevent injuries such as carpal tunnel and back and neck strain.
In addition to helping alleviate musculoskeletal issues, spending more of the workday standing has also been known to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
It can also increase mental focus and engages. A study from Texas A&M found a 12% task engagement increase in students who used standing desks over the period of a school year.
Accessories such as floor mats and even fitness equipment such as treadmills can help increase these benefits.
Sales Tip! Standing in a position of confidence while completing sales calls also allows salespeople to project not only their voices but also their enthusiasm and excitement. This small action can increase sales and productivity.
If you’ve already furnished your office, it’s not too late. Offices that have already been furnished with standard desks can benefit from the myriad of desk converter options available to transform them into height-adjustable desks.
Adding monitor arms can also help bring monitors to a comfortable viewing height to prevent eye and neck strain as well as free up desk space.
Ergonomic desk chairs are designed provide comfort as they support the back and neck while conforming to the body’s shape. Ergonomic chairs are specifically designed to help maintain the posture and joints in a natural position to avoid neck and back pain and perhaps even injury.
The most effective seating styles are adequately sized and have adjustable seat heights and armrests, allowing the user to adjust to fit their needs. A well-padded, durable seat and back as well as lumbar support are also key.
Ergonomics can help companies and talent find each other
Create a culture of safety, comfort, productivity, and job satisfaction by leveraging ergonomics to attract and keep the best talent in a healthy, productive, and happy work environment.
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