Eastern North Carolina Office Dealer Offers 5 Ergonomic Tips

The average American spends about fifteen hours per day sitting either in their car traveling, at their office working, or at home watching TV.  There are three time segments to our day.  First is sleeping for eight hours, next is working eight hours, and the last eight hours is spent with free time.  Our concentration will be the eight hours working in the office at a desk.  Here are 5 tips on creating a productive, ergonomic-friendly workspace.

  1. Ergonomic Seating –  It’s all about fit.  While ill-fitting clothes may be just a fashion faux-pas, ill-fitting seating can be a serious and costly problem.  We properly fit employees to their seating with our comprehensive seating template, fitting their size and shape, adjusting the ergonomic features on the chair, and making more productive and happy employees.
  1. Ergonomic Arm Rests – We fit employees to their job function from nine different armrest styles.  They can be extremely crucial to reducing strain on everything from their wrists and shoulders to their spine, hips, and thighs.  Being able to properly support hands and wrists improves comfort, contributes to employee health, and can minimize workplace distractions stemming from posture-related fatigue.
  1. Proper Desk Height – Fitting exercise into our busy daily schedule can be difficult at best.  Taking advantage of a sit-and-stand desk is the perfect way to integrate additional body movement into our daily routine.  By merely pressing a button, the desk height will change from sitting height to standing height, and vice versa.  Alternating this function from hour to hour, will improve circulation, relieve stress on joints and muscles, and provide the opportunity to clear their mind and re-focus.  Employee movement can be enhanced by the addition of a slowly moving treadmill.
  1. Correct Computer Screen Height – As important as is Ergonomic Seating, so is the position of your Computer Monitor.  The monitor screen should be positioned so that looking straight ahead, the worker sees the top one third of the screen.  A Monitor Arm with variable adjustability is necessary to properly adjust the screen height and angle to avoid back pain, neck stress, and headaches, especially when changing the desk height.
  1. Take a Break – Short 5 to 10 minute breaks every hour can improve productivity.  All it takes is the ability to stand up and move about the workstation.  This could be the time the employee can use to change the desk height and adjust the monitor screen. The dangers of extended sitting include muscle ache, the ‘snap, crackle, & pop’ in the joints, eye strain, and stress.

These are a few tips for creating an ergonomic-friendly workspace, addressing issues that can impact both employee performance and health.  Call 800-396-0738 or email bleh@greenvillenc.com for further information on an ergonomic-friendly workspace.

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