Ergonomics is the hot word in office environments these days. If you are designing an office, it is important to take this into account.
Having an office environment that is not only inviting but comfortable to work in will benefit both the employees and the owners. While there are many different ways to make your office space more ergonomically friendly, we have detailed three of the most important ways below.
- Sit Stand Desks
A common expression you may hear today is “sitting is the new smoking.” While this may be somewhat of an exaggeration, there is some truth to it. The fact is, sitting in a chair all day is bad for your health. At the same time, unfortunately, most jobs are desk jobs. One way to combat this is to use a height adjustable desk.
Sit/Stand desks not only increase productivity but can also have many health benefits. Standing up for periods of time while working helps create better posture, increase blood flow, and more. Read our previous article on the health benefits of a sit/stand desk to learn more.
- Office Chairs
While you should be trying to stand for at least 10 minutes every hour, that means that most of your work day is still spent sitting. This makes selecting an appropriate chair very important. Ensure you are getting a chair that supports both the neck and lower back. Most chairs will come with the ability to raise and lower, and to support a free range back.
It is also a good idea to select an ergonomic office chair that has soft arm rests and a proper cushion seat.
- Proper Lighting
Proper office lighting is generally an overlooked aspect when it comes to making your office more ergonomic. Too much light, too little light, lights that are too bright, or lights that are not bright enough are all detriments in an office environment. Accounting for these problems can help reduce eye fatigue by removing glares and shadows, and reducing headaches.
Try to avoid placing a desk in such a way that the monitor faces a window, and try to cut back on using fluorescent light bulbs. This will assist in reducing eye strain due to glare and harsh light.
In conclusion, implementing height adjustable desks, ergonomic office chairs, and proper lighting, will all have a positive effect on the ergonomics of your office space. These will assist in keeping your employees happy and productive.