Easy tips for applying good ergonomics in the office
Workers in office environments may perform the same tasks and physical motions each day, including typing and data entry, clicking a mouse, reaching across a desk, or sitting for extended periods of time. Although these tasks require little physical exertion repetitive motions can lead to serious injury, pain, or even long-term disability over time. Ergonomic office furniture and supplies were developed to address these health concerns while at the same time improving the everyday comfort and productivity of an office environment.
Ergonomic furniture is customizable and designed to fit an individual's particular physical needs as well as make performance of unique office responsibilities easier and more productive. There are ergonomic alternatives for many different types of office supplies and furniture, including:
- Ergonomic office chairs
- Adjustable height desks
- Ergonomic keyboard trays and keyboard drawers
- Adjustable monitor arms
With these supplies, you can rearrange your desktop, your workstation, or even your entire office so that it supports the individual needs of each worker, reduces the risk of repetitive motion injuries, and increases productivity.
Applying Office Ergonomics
Keep these tips in mind to apply good ergonomics to your office:
- Rearrange your workspace so that the supplies you use most often are conveniently located and do not require excessive stretching, twisting, or unnatural movement to reach
- Adjust the height of your chair, your desk, and your keyboard so that you can sit in a natural, comfortable position and relieve strain on the neck, back, shoulders, and wrists.
- Position your keyboard and mouse to match the natural contours of your hands and arms to reduce stress on your wrists and shoulders
- Adjust the position of your computer monitor to reduce eyestrain and muscle tension.
Studies show that offices that have ergonomic furniture and supplies are healthier and more comfortable places to work. A simple investment in ergonomic office furniture can dramatically increase comfort and productivity for office workers reducing the risk of repetitive stress injuries.