Designing an Ergonomic Office Layout
Blacklung, severed limbs, broken bones – the injuries of the workplace of the past were certainly terrible. And while we can be glad we don’t have to contend with that kind of horror anymore, the injuries of the modern workplace can be just as insidious, if more subtle.
Working in front of a computer all day, the kinds of things which trouble the modern worker’s body include a worsened posture, back and neck pain, even carpal tunnel syndrome. None of these are pleasant – but luckily, through the right office seating and design, you can limit the chances of these striking.
Remember what your primary school teacher said? You are unique and there’s no one like you. Well, they were right. Human beings come in all different shapes, sizes and weights, which means the equipment they use at work should be suitably customisable.
Height-adjustable chairs are now a regular feature when it comes to office furniture. But have you thought about height-adjustable desks? Desks with gas or electric-enabled adjustment allow workers who don’t fit in the standard height range to work comfortably without bending over awkwardly or craning their necks to see the computer screen.
On top of all this, think about using computer screens with an adjustable neck. By having three different layers of height customisation, workers can ensure they have the perfect desk layout for their particular needs.
Humans were simply not made to sit down for 8 hours a day – and that’s not even factoring in the morning commute. Research has found that sitting for too long raises the risk of diabetes and obesity. That is why standing desks have recently come into vogue in workplaces. Not only do you avoid these nasty side effects, you also keep your back and legs strong.
Finally, you want to get those little details right. Rather than packing workers together like can of tuna, create enough space between workstations. This is not just for personal space reasons, but also to allow your workers some space to move around – they should have enough leg room both in front of and beside their legs.