Workers today are spending increased time sitting at their desks. An increased amount of time at the desk can lead to aches, pains, and repetitive strain injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome. This can result in a lack of productivity that can cause harm to the business. It is important to invest in your workers. In doing so you are showing that you genuinely care about them and are willing to supply any accommodations they may need. So what is the solution to creating a safe and productive environment for workers? The answer may be simpler than you think!
Ergonomic furniture is furniture created with the human body in mind and is said to encourage a more comfortable working environment for employees by protecting them against the aches and pains that are created by normal office furniture. Ergonomic furniture is said to result in lower rates of employee injury, reduce discomfort, and increase efficiency and productivity.
Office Furniture Improve Productivity
Every ergonomic office would look different, but a typical office may include adjustable desks, standing desks, chairs, and workstations. Of course, it is difficult to know where to begin, so let’s start by looking at a familiar piece of furniture: the office chair. A typical office chair usually becomes uncomfortable to sit in after a few hours; it begins with an ache in your lower back that eventually translates into a tightness in your neck and shoulders. Badly placed arm rests can also result in shoulder, arm, and wrist pain that is only bolstered by constant typing. These kinds of working conditions for 40 plus hours, 5 days a week will have a detrimental effect on both workers and businesses. The constant pain can lead to continued errors and regular days off work. So how can an ergonomic chair avoid all of this? An ergonomic chair provides lower lumbar support and therefore prevents future tightness in the neck and shoulders. An ergonomic chair’s height can also be adjusted, allowing for employees to find the perfect height for them to be able to see their monitor in the safest and most comfortable way possible. Additionally, ergonomic chairs allow the user to adjust the height of the arm rests, once again allowing the employee to find the height that suits them and their needs best.
Simply changing the layout of your office can affect the productivity of your employees. An open plan office creates a supportive environment as employees will really feel like they are part of a team and are all there to support each other.
It can, however, be daunting to invest in a brand new set of office furniture without being able to evaluate them first, so why not look into ergonomic accessories instead? A Desktop Sit-Stand can transform a normal desk into a standing desk without having to buy a whole new desk. An employee being able to stand for an extended amount of time during their workday can help to improve mobility, circulation, and energy levels. Other ergonomic accessories include footrests to support ankles, adjustable computer mouses to support wrists, and adjustable monitor arms to reduce neck strains.
If you are working from home, you may work from your bed or on your sofa but this is not good for you as it could cause aches and pains in the long term. Therefore, you should consider a prefab ADU or office pod if you are working from home. Building a good and comfortable working environment is crucial to keeping you healthy and improving productivity.
By investing in ergonomic furniture, you are investing in your employees physical health and mental wellbeing. And in doing so, you are showing that you value them not only as workers, but as people too. The more you care about them, the more they will care about your business and will strive to produce the absolute best work that they can, maximizing profits and taking your business to the next level.
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