10 Ergonomic Tips for a Healthier Workspace

Eyestrain? Sore back? It is amazing how making even small tweaks to office furnishings or work habits can make you more comfortable. To reduce your risk of injury, and improve your performance, consider these ten practical ergonomic tips for your workspace — and work style.

Check out this very useful infographics created by Knoll:

 


 

The Power of Ergonomics to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

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Ergonomics is all about efficiency, less downtime, and better performance, which leads to increased productivity. Isn’t that what all businesses want? Technology has created a variety of tools for the workplace, computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones changing how we work.  Each tool presents new opportunities, as well as challenges for workers. Addressing ergonomic issues affects staff emotionally as well as physically, because it expresses the company’s core values to employees that their health and wellbeing matter.

Most ergonomic injuries happen slowly over time, so they may not be initially detected. It may seem like things are going fine in your business, but gradually poor ergonomics will become more apparent in workers from eye strain, to issues like carpal tunnel, and  back and neck strain slowing productivity. Simple things can be done to design a workplace that minimizes fatigue, stress and injuries to workers that keeps business running smoothly. Many companies are creating tools that can be easily implemented into your business.

Photo of Knoll Remix Chair, Courtesy of Knoll
Photo of Knoll Remix Chair, Courtesy of Knoll

Knoll takes an approach called “holistic ergonomics” in the development of products that address ergonomic concerns.  As the company states in a research paper produced by Knoll, called “Holistic Ergonomics™ – A New Approach”, “Thus, holistic ergonomics is all about creating products and workspaces that support how people think and move.”

Knoll’s popular Remix Chair™ is a prime example of this approach. The chair is designed for performance, as well as comfort.  “Inspired by the idea of bringing pre-existing elements together to make something entirely new, Remix pairs upholstered comfort with innovative Flex Net Matrix™ technology for active, all day support. Remix delivers unexpected performance in a familiar form. By combining traditional and innovative elements, Remix infuses movement into a traditionally static upholstered chair,” according to Knoll.

remic_01Knoll’s popular Remix Chair™ is a prime example of this approach. The chair is designed for performance, as well as comfort.  “Inspired by the idea of bringing pre-existing elements together to make something entirely new, Remix pairs upholstered comfort with innovative Flex Net Matrix™ technology for active, all day support. Remix delivers unexpected performance in a familiar form. By combining traditional and innovative elements, Remix infuses movement into a traditionally static upholstered chair,” according to Knoll.

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Photo of Kimball Joya Chair™courtesy of Kimball

Kimball Office is also committed to creating ergonomic workplace solutions.  According to Kimball, the Kimball Joya™ Chair is designed with advanced ergonomics in mind that perfectly fits all body types and offers back support and fits any workspace.  Advanced ergonomics and material technology give the Joya its smooth-flowing movement. Thoughtfully scaled seat and back components support a wide range of body types comfortably encouraging healthy postures and reducing physical stress. Optional sliding seats modify thigh and back support for people with long legs while an adjustable lumbar option personalizes lower back comfort.

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Both sitting all day and standing all day can be tough on the body. The Humanscale workstation standing desk makes it easy to create some balance. The QuickStand height-adjustable workstation is easy to operate.

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National’s ergonomic keyboard kit includes a keyboard mechanism with a tray that adjusts from -15° to +15°, 360° swivel, and arm tilt that moves up and down. The mouse tray can be moved to support right or left-handed users. The keyboard kit also includes high density polyethylene tray platform, foam gel wrist pad, and thermoplastic mouse tray.

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Photo courtesy of National Office

 

Up To The Task

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Up to The Task

Our faithful companion at the office, aside from the desk, is the task chair. That sturdy piece of furniture that waits for us every day. They come in all sizes, colors, and in an array of materials and features. However, no matter the aesthetics you choose, the task chair has one major function: to support movement and our bodies every day. When deciding to purchase a task chair consider the following factors: ergonomics, mobility, comfort, adjustability, and durability.   

 

What type of chair should you get? Let’s explore some options: mid-back, multi-shift and ergonomic.

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 MID BACK

Offers support to the mid-to-upper area of the back. This type of task chair fits most office environments. Also, the scaled seat, height adjustable arms and back components support a wide range of body types comfortably encouraging healthy postures and reducing physical stress.

FEATURES TO LOOK FOR:

Back support with height adjustable lumbar support, adjustable seat depth for individually tailored comfort and a synchronous tilt mechanism with tension adjustment.

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 Kimball Wish Height Adjustable Arms

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MULTI-SHIFT [24/7]

A 24-hour task chair is designed for extended use or multiple-shift environments that require round-the-clock staffing such as nurses’ stations, police stations and call centers. Intended for a succession of users, 24-hour task chairs are built to be strong, durable and long-lasting.

FEATURES TO LOOK FOR:

Height, seat and armrest adjustments and tension control to adjust the chair to an individual’s body weight.

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ERGONOMIC

Ergonomic task chairs are minutely adjusted to achieve Unrivaled support. A sliding seat, pneumatic height adjustment, are standard.

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 Consider this:

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The best question to ask yourself before buying a task chair?

 

How will the office chair be predominately used? If you need more help, we are always here to assist you purchase the right chair for you. We are up to the task!

 

Learn All About Holistic Ergonomics

Please, don’t sit all day long.

We keep reading more and more information on the health hazards of sitting for long periods of time. In a recent article published by The Washington Post, they presented this comprehensive and interesting graphic explaining this very serious problem. Check it out.

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Here is the print version so you can give it to your friends, clients, and for sure frame one for your office: http://ow.ly/BHJVf

And if you want some suggestions for exercises you can do at work, click here

The article was published in the Washington Post. http://ow.ly/BHJyX

What’s your workspace animal posture ? | An Infographic

 

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So which one are you?

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