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Ergonomics

 

It's all about your body

 
 

A good workspace is one designed to keep employees healthy.  Just as humans are compelled to create, they also need to move. Ergonomics is about keeping the body moving, and is an essential quality to a space design. The ideal workspace encourages employees to move around throughout the day, stimulating blood flow and preventing afternoon dips in energy. For example, regular office work does not usually entail heavy lifting but rather small, static movements such as manipulating a computer mouse. Small, repetitive movements such as these can adversely affect the body’s well-being over time. Furniture that can adapt to the body and keep it moving offsets the negative impact of these repetitive movements, contributing to the health and safety of employees. The modern workplace is defined by its diversity. Ergonomics, as we see it, is yet another way to recognize that employees have different needs. Adapting the workspace to meet that variety of needs nurtures  happier, healthier, more stimulated employees. Please ask our team for a consultation on how you can improve your workplace ergonomics.

 

BACK TO BASICS: An Ergnomics Primer

Set up your work environment to keep yourself and your colleagues healthy, and to avoid problems such as repetitive strain, back pain and fatigue. Start with the basics: if you use a chair and a desk, are you sitting correctly? Your feet should be flat on the floor, with your knees at a 90º angle. Your back should be supported by a backrest with the spine in an “S” curve, head balanced against the headrest without leaning forward toward the screen. The screen should be positioned directly in front of the eyes so that the head doesn't have to tilt up or down.

Our ergonomic task-chairs support the correct way of sitting, but you still need to vary your positions during the workday, standing up and moving around. Keeping our body in movement enables blood flow to reach all our muscles, helping to prevent neck pain and strain.  Our sit-stand desks encourage employees to shift their body position by simply standing up and working. As little as ten minutes of standing twice a day can make a tremendous difference for the body. Getting onto your feet shifts the energy in the body and can reduce afternoon fatigue as well as reduce stress.

Other details also contribute to workstation ergonomics. Mouse pads with wrist support align the hand the arm, resulting in less strain. A footrest under the desk can take pressure off thigh muscles and hip joints. Finally, lighting plays a big part in workspace ergonomics. Dated fluorescent lights can cause flickering that contributes to headaches and distraction. LED light has been proven to be not only a beneficial form of light to work in, but also incredibly energy efficient, making for happier employees and reduced energy costs.

Photo: Tobias Regell/Kinnarps

 

Some of the ergonomic products we offer

 

CHECKLIST:

YOUR WORKSTATION

 

CHECKLIST:

YOUR POSTURE

HEAD

Head should be directly over shoulders without a straining tilt.

NECK

Neck should be relaxed.

SHOULDERS

Shoulders should be at ease, allowing your chest to remain open and wide.

BACK

Back should be upright or inclined slightly from the hips. Adjust the backrest in order to maintain the natural “S”-shaped curve of your back.

ELBOWS

Close to the body, bent at an angle of 90°-100°. WRISTS Wrists should extend in a straight line from the forearm, without flexing up or down. Add a wrist cushion to minimize strain.

KNEES

Relaxed, without flexing up or down, at an angle of 90°-100°. FEET Feet should be able to rest flat on the ground. If they don’t reach the floor easily, get a footrest. Add a soft mat for standing.


 

CHAIR

Adjust all measurements according to your body. The chair should support your back’s natural arch. Tilt the seat slightly forward to adjust the knees’ position. Hip angle should be 90°-100°.

SCREEN

Position the screen at arms’ length. Top of monitor should be at eye level. Monitor tilt should be 15-20 degrees. 

KEYBOARD

Position at elbow level or slightly below. Use an external keyboard and mouse.

LIGHTING

Keep your desk well lit. If you hunch over your desk while working or feel strain in your neck and shoulders, your lighting is probably insufficient. Sit by a window if possible—natural light is the best light.

Your workstation should be adjustable, so that you can make changes in your equipment when changing your position, such as moving from sitting to standing. We promote the Activity Based Work Environment and changing your working positions to keep the body moving throughout the day.