Awareness of ergonomics in the workplace has incredible benefits to your employee’s health and happiness, and in turn, your company bottom line. Improper ergonomics can lead to unnecessary muscular pain that can lead to further health problems for your staff, as well as affecting their focus and productivity.
How many times have you got up from your work desk with a sore back, a tight neck, or aching arms? You are not alone: a study of 60 people in a call-centre showed that up to 70% of the staff claimed to have aches and pains (source: Workcover Victoria). Discomfort should not be a common factor of your working day, and this can be changed by taking the correct ergonomic approach to your working environment.
Implementing ergonomic solutions can help you reduce costs, improve productivity and quality, and foster engaged and loyal employees. Below are some ways that you can make your workplace more ergonomic so you can start seeing these benefits immediately.
Creating an ergonomic workplace involves adapting to different working techniques.
- Computer monitors need to be at eye level, and the keyboard and mouse should be positioned close together. Ideally, your elbow should bend at a 90 degree angle, to prevent unnecessary bending and straining of the wrist.
- As our bodies are not designed to sit for hours on end, height adjustable/standing desks are becoming increasingly popular. These allow employees to have a break from sitting and get their blood flowing, while still being able to complete their work.
- Having the right office seating is important, especially when we sit for the majority of our work day. Ideally, your chair will have armrests, comfortable cushioning, an adjustable back rest, and have efficient lumbar support to keep your spine correctly aligned. A poor sitting posture can lead to slouching, which can then cause pinched nerves in the shoulders, plus increased tension in your neck and back.
- Strategic layout of workstations into different work zones encourages employees to move around, rather than staying seated in the same position.
Want to implement better ergonomic solutions for your workplace? Bowen Interiors have the products and expertise to ensure your team will notice an improvement in their mental and physical health, productivity and overall job satisfaction. For an ergonomic office workspace, give Bowen a call today on 1300 780 654