Our productivity is impacted by several factors, including office ergonomics. If you see your employees constantly stretch, yawn or rub their aching backs, it’s a sure sign that it’s high time to look for ergonomic furniture and technology for your office. Granted, it’d be costly to suddenly change all the furniture but you can consider ergonomic furniture while making a buying decision for a new chair or desk. You can also educate your employees about the correct body posture for minimum damage to the body.
- Chair: Chairs should be adjustable and have lumbar support. If the current chairs aren’t offering lumbar support, offer cushions to the employees to place them between the curve of their lower back and the back of the chair. Ask them to adjust the height of the chair so that their feet rest comfortably on the floor and their knees are about level with their hips.
- Key object positioning: Objects such as telephone, stapler or printed materials should be near employees on the desks so that they don’t have to stretch themselves excessively to reach them. If anything is place somewhat far to reach it while sitting down, ask them to stand up to get it.
- Mouse position: Mouse should be within easy reach along with the keyboard. Ask the employees to keep their wrist in a natural and comfortable position when they are using the mouse.
- Wrist rest: Always ask your employees to use wrist rest to minimize stress on their wrists. Educate them on how to type in ergonomic position, i.e., holding the hands and wrists above the wrist rest. During typing breaks, heels or palms of the hands should be rested on the wrist rest and not the wrists.
- Wrist positioning: When employees are typing, they should keep their wrists in a straight, natural position — not bent up, down or to either side.
- Headset: If your employees need to frequently talk on the phone and type or write at the same time, give them a headset. This will relieve them the stress of cradling the phone between their head and neck.
- Footrest: If the chairs are too high for certain of your employees to rest their feet flat on the floor, consider offering them a footrest. You can find several types of footrests in the market.
- Desk dimensions: Ideally the desk should be at least 19 inches (48 centimeters) deep, 30 inches (76 centimeters) wide and, depending on the height of the employees, up to 34 inches (86 centimeters) high. Never ever use space under the desk for storage. Keep it clear for the user’s legs, knees and thighs.
- Monitor height: Place the monitor directly in front of the employees. The distance between the employees and the screen should be about 18 to 28 inches. The top of the screen should be slightly below the eye level of the user. If glare from fluorescent lighting or sunlight is a problem, turn off some or all of the overhead lights or close the window shades. Place the monitors in such a way that the brightest light source is on the side.
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