If you run a service-based company, you may well find that most of your employees spend much of their working day sitting at their individual workstations. Although sitting down all day firing off emails and writing reports may sound innocuous enough, it can in fact be unhealthy – and not just in terms of exercise.
Indeed, workers who do not have office furniture which can be adjusted to suit their individual needs run the risk of developing significant physical ailments such as chronic back ache, persistent neck pain and aggravated muscle strains. As well as affecting their motivation and productivity, these ailments can also lead to employees taking more time off work.
Therefore, it is in your best interests to make sure your offices are furnished with adjustable ergonomic chairs and desks which will keep your employees healthy, happy and productive.
Having well designed office chairs can help each of your workers to improve their posture. Ergonomic chairs have adjustable backrests that accomodate the natural curve of the spine; therefore, they are able to provide invaluable support for the lower back. Despite what most people may think, sitting at 90 degrees is not good for a worker’s back. In fact, sitting at an angle of around 130 degrees is far more beneficial as the slight tilt backwards ensures less pressure is applied to the lower spine.
Unlike in years gone by, modern office desks are now available in a wide array of shapes and designs. Ergonomic desks can be especially beneficial as they are shaped to fit the body, thereby allowing workers to enjoy greater access to the worktop whilst seated. This is in stark contrast to traditional desks which often cause workers to experience shoulder, neck or back pain through persistent over-reaching.
Along with suitable furniture solutions, it also vital that your employees know how best to set up and use the computers at their workstations. With this in mind, workers should make sure that the top of their monitor is never above eye level or situated less than 30 inches away. Looking at a monitor for lengthy periods of time can cause workers to develop itchy or sore eyes therefore they need to be encouraged to give their eyes a rest by taking a break or focussing on something else in the distance every now and then. In addition, workers’ computer keyboards also need to be positioned so that their forearms are parallel to the floor and their elbows remain close to their bodies. Furthermore, the computer mouse at each workstation must always be within easy reach and set up so that workers will not have to bend their wrists upwards.
Our ergonomic furniture options here at Furniture at Work (TM) are effective yet inexpensive; therefore you can rest assured that you will be able to look after your workforce without worrying about your budget.
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