A challenge staff may face across their work week is staying motivated and focused on their work tasks, especially in today’s challenging, working during a pandemic, environment. One way businesses can help staff maintain commitment levels throughout their week is by providing their employees with comfortable, tailored ergonomic workstations. Doing so helps maintain both the physical and mental wellbeing of staff by reducing physical risks, helping staff feel comfortable, and ensuring that they feel at ease throughout their entire work week. This article will discuss four crucial components of a great ergonomic workstation, and how by providing staff with these things companies are demonstrating a commitment to an ergonomically friendly, productive working environment.
1: A chair that is sturdy, comfortable, and great to sit on.
One of the most essential components of an ergonomic workstation is a chair that users feel comfortable and supported sitting on. To ensure that the individual needs of users are met, there is a wide range of ergonomically appropriate chairs on the market. An appropriate ergonomic chair can address several factors, including providing appropriate back support, adjustable height and tilt, seat padding for added comfort, and a reinforced base for extra support.
As many staff spend most of their workday behind their desk it is crucial that they are sitting in a supportive seat that allows them to sit in a non-slouching, correct seating position for prolonged periods. Many ergonomic chairs are adjustable in several ways, to ensure they can be tailored to the specific needs of staff. Regardless of a person’s height or body type, an ergonomically friendly chair is made to support comfort and productivity and is one of the most essential components of an effective ergonomic workstation.
2: A stable, sturdy desk that meets individual staff requirements
What makes a great work desk? Firstly, it should help users achieve the same goal outlined in the first point of maintaining a good working posture across their workday. To achieve this, it needs to be strong and sturdy, and able to support the weight of the work equipment that is placed on it. It should also meet the individual height and length requirements of the person using it, to help their wrists and arms remain in the neutral position when using the keyboard placed upon it. This is important, as typing in a neutral position works at minimising wrist and arm pain caused by leaning forward or back, and helps people feel healthy and productive throughout their workday.
Further, effective ergonomic desks distinguish themselves from their traditional counterparts by providing users with height adjustable options, to suit their needs. This means that staff can ensure that the desk is positioned in a way that feels comfortable to them, ensures that their computer monitor is an appropriate distance from them, and that it meets their own personal height and body type needs.
Ergonomic electric desks are an effective solution for this, as their height can be altered in a simple manner, with the mere flick of a switch. By ensuring that your businesses ergonomic workstations have both ergo desks and chairs, you are showing staff that you care about their personal comfort and are taking steps to help them work in a manner that most suits them. This goes a long way towards nurturing good will across a workplace.
3: Wrist and forearm support accessories:
An essential component to effective ergonomic workstations is wrist and forearm support accessories, which help staff work in comfort for long periods. This type of ergonomic accessory comes in a range of styles to suit the needs of individuals. For staff that use a desktop and mouse, an ergo gel mousepad provides them with support when using their mouse, by preventing slipping, and preventing wrist strain by providing physical support for their wrists. To further support staff as they type at their desk, an ergo wrist rest is an ergonomic keyboard accessory, that sits at the bottom of keyboards, and provides staff with effective wrist support as it conforms to the user’s wrists, and thus minimises the risk of wrist strain. It does this by helping staff keep their wrists in a neutral, comfortable position across their workday, thus increasing their comfort, productivity, and contributing to an ergonomically friendly environment.
4: Ergo monitor stands:
A monitor stand achieves two goals simultaneously, by elevating desktop monitors to meet the height requirements of individual users, and creating additional desk space, thus ensuring that desks stay decluttered, and continue to serve the users individual requirements. A monitor stand is a cheap space saving accessory that people can use to easily maximise their office space, and their productivity in the process.
Contact our ergonomic specialists for more information
Although this article has discussed four crucial components of effective ergonomic workstations, due to different office environments and requirements, an ergonomic strategy that may work for one business may not be particularly suited to another. Therefore, to ensure your business can install appropriate ergonomic workstations that suit the requirements of your staff, please contact our ergonomic specialists today by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 1300 802 163.
All you need to do is give them a rundown of your business, including its industry and office environment, and they will be able to discuss with you some strategies for ensuring that your businesses ergonomic strategies lead to effective ergonomic workstations, that support the needs of all your staff. Doesn’t that sound like something worth getting up from your desk for?
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