The beauty of ergonomic workspaces
Ergonomics is about design for the needs of people. Comfort levels are an often overlooked, a crucial part of wellbeing within any office environment, yet how often do you find yourself sitting uncomfortably at your work desk, eyes and neck straining from staring at a screen all day and wrists sore from typing?
The aims of ergonomically designed furniture and spaces are to increase efficiency and productivity and reduce discomfort within the workplace. Making small changes to ensure your workstation design is as comfortable as possible can help to prevent unwanted neck and shoulder tension, which are some of the major causes of headaches.
While prolonged periods of sitting down are often unavoidable in the workplace, fortunately there are small steps we can take to decrease fatigue, discomfort and physical stress while also increasing comfort and productivity.
Here are our top ergonomic tips for your workspace:
1. Ensure that the top of your computer monitor is at eye level and the keyboard is placed directly in front of you. The less you have to turn your head and neck, the better!
2. Avoiding eyestrain is important. You can do this by making sure your monitor isn’t too close, it should be at least an arms length away.
3. The mouse and keyboard should sit close enough to prevent excessive reaching. Move your chair as close to your work as possible to avoid leaning and unwanted stress on your shoulders and arms.
4. Invest in phone headsets or always use your mobile on speaker.
5. Make the space (and time) for stretching. It’s important to take care of your musculoskeletal system to avoid office fatigue and minimise the impact that prolonged periods of sitting have on our bodies. Do this by creating a space that allows for you to move around as much as possible.
6. Don’t slouch! Slouching puts pressure on the discs and vertebrae of your back, which are already under stress from sitting down all day. It’s important to use the lumbar support of your chair to avoid sitting uncomfortably. This brings us to what we think could be the most important ergonomic tip for a comfortable workspace:
7. Finding the perfect chair for you. If you’re going to be sitting all day, it’s important to invest in a chair that encompasses all the important ergonomic features that are required for a long day at the office.
Ergonomic workspaces are the best for employees – but beauty doesn’t need to be compromised. Our specially designed Klober chairs are made to respond automatically to the body’s needs to ensure an ideal sitting position with minimum fuss.
Only available to purchase through A1 Office, get in touch today to find out how we can introduce and improve ergonomic seating in your office.