How to Overcome Strain & Pain in the Workplace
By investing in ergonomic furniture, you’re helping your employees do the best work. Have you ever suffered from a sore neck or back after working for a few hours, without moving? This was probably due to poorly designed furniture.
Think about how many hours, days, months, even years, that you spend sitting down. Your back needs the proper support and this can only be achieved through ergonomic furniture.
To make your office more comfortable and supportive for your team, spend some time to readjust your layout. It’s also important to teach your employees how to sit best.
1. Feet flat on the floor
2. Chair backrest supporting lumbar area
3. Sufficient leg clearance under desk
4. Thighs parallel with floor
5. Upper and lower arm form right angle
6. Minimum slope on keyboard
7. Eye level at or just below top of monitor
8. Monitor at arm’s length away
9. Upright position with relaxed shoulders
Look at all the different parts of your workspace and see how it can be improved. With your desk, you want to make sure it can be adjusted to your ideal height. The optimal ergonomic setup should start with your sitting position – feet flat on the floor, with the chair height allowing your thighs to angle down slightly. This position relies on your ‘sitting bones’ to place weight, instead of rounding your lower back, causing slouching.
Review the level of your keyboard. When your elbows are bent at 90 degrees, you shouldn’t be slumped. If you use a mouse, it should be at the same level as the keyboard. For the monitor or laptop screen, it should be level with your chin.
Avoid using your mobile devices for answering emails. Although we’re using tablets and phones more than ever, it’s not the best for your neck. Do your best to limit your workload and use of these devices, at least when you can be using a computer or laptop.
Healthy work environments also go beyond the physical furniture. It’s found within the culture you instill. For example, encourage regular breaks and walking around the office. Posture suffers the longer you sit, so if you experience back, neck or shoulder pain, take a break. It’s important for your team to know this is okay – to listen to their bodies and take action. You’ll have more engaged, healthier and happier employees.
If your office is always busy, think about getting your employees to set an alarm as a break reminder. You can do this every two hours or find a structure that works for your team.
Switch To Ergonomic Furniture
Don’t put your employee’s health at risk. The best thing you can do for them (and your own business) is to invest in quality, ergonomic furniture. Start with your chairs and desks. At Direct Office, we sell a range of chairs, all designed with health and safety as a focus.