Benefits Of Ergonomic Office Furniture
As we discussed last week, modern office space design is rapidly changing to meet new and unique demands for businesses all over the world. While an aesthetically pleasing and functional office is a great goal, it’s also important that it be safe and comfortable for employees as well, which is why having ergonomic office furniture is important.
Why Are Ergonomics Important?
Ergonomics is defined as “a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely.”
When applied to an office environment, this means ergonomic office furniture is designed to provide maximum comfort and prevent common injuries associated with sitting or standing in one place for a long time or doing repetitive motions day in and day out.
Common Ergonomic Office Furniture Products
Common ergonomic office furniture — items designed specifically to increase comfort and reduce the risk of injury — products include:
- Sit/stand desks and benches
- Keyboards and/or mice
- Computer monitor arms/risers
Each of these categories of products have many variations that allow businesses to find exactly what they need to make their office space safe and comfortable for employees.
Some of the key benefits for both employers and employees using ergonomic office furniture include:
Increased Safety: Working in an ergonomically designed office allows you to shift positions to remove stress from various regions of the body. The setup reduces pressure on stress points such as the wrist, elbow, back, neck and thigh. Ergonomically designed furniture can lead to a safer workplace.
Higher Productivity: When employees are uncomfortable, work is the last thing on their mind. They may take more coffee breaks or spend extra time chatting with co-workers. However, working in ergonomic office furniture increases comfort and can lead to enhanced productivity.
Employees won’t mind sitting for hours in office furniture properly fitted to their body and work style.
Better Health: Sitting hunched over a keyboard can make employees feel cramped and stiff. Improved posture makes them feel better and can lead to better health by allowing the core of the body to be flexible and function properly.
Making The Switch
If you’re considering upgrading your office space to incorporate ergonomic office furniture, it’s a good idea to work with a reliable and knowledgeable office furniture provider that can not only supply the items you need, but also help you identify which items will benefit your particular environment and employees the most.
Not all ergonomic solutions are needed in every office, and understanding how your employees work, what types of work they do, and what the most common risks and problems are is important, so it helps to work with a professional that can identify your needs.