Ergonomics, Part 2: Applying ergonomics to your workspace or office

In Ergonomics, part 1 we looked at the history, importance and principles of ergonomics. Now the question remains: how do I apply ergonomics to my space? In this journal entry, we look at the most important principles, how they impact you and– most importantly – practical solutions to improve ergonomics.

Ergonomics for the individual

Workspace ergonomics looks at a design and layout that fits you as an individual and allows for comfort at work, while helping you achieve optimum efficiency and productivity. Ultimately, good ergonomics can help you achieve flow state.

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The optimal seated position

Sitting incorrectly at a desk for extended periods of time can impact your physical wellbeing can contribute to fatigue. Here is how you can measure if you are seated correctly:

  1. Your chair should support the natural curves of your spine.
  2. When seated, your feet must rest flat against the floor and your thighs must be parallel to the floor.
  3. Your knees should be aligned to your hips.
  4. Your arms should be supported and your shoulders should be relaxed.

Everything within reach

Frequently used items, such as your telephone and diary, should be within arm’s reach. This means you should be able to reach out and retrieve or interact with the item without moving your back away from your chair.

Interacting with your computer

Your computer screen should be directly in front of you, about an arm’s length away from your face. An easy test is to reach out your arm when you are in the seated position. Keeping your fingers flat, you should touch or be very close to touching your screen.

While using your keyboard or mouse, arms should be parallel with the floor. It is important to keep your wrists straight, hands slightly below the elbows and upper arms against your body.

Should this position be hard to achieve, consider adjusting the height of your chair and relooking at the height of your desk.

Down to the desk

Your desk is as critical to optimal workspace ergonomics as your chair. Should the desk be too low, you won’t be able to pull your chair in and might have to slump forward to work. Should your desk be too high, your chair might be too low or your feet may dangle above the ground if you prop your chair up to the correct height.

Ergoform’s smart solutions

Making your space ergonomically sound doesn’t have to be challenging. Here at Ergoform, we design and create beautiful ergonomically sound furniture pieces that will add both style and comfort to your workspace. We are so proud of this, it’s even part of our name. So here are some key furniture pieces that will help you on your journey to physical wellbeing and optimal productivity:

  1. E-Motion: conclusive studies have proven that alternating between standing and sitting at work has a positive effect on health and subsequently improves work rate, morale and thus improves efficiency. Due to their versatility, sit-stand desks are also ideal for providing hot-desking solutions due to their versatility.
    Explore the E-Motion, here.
  2. Task chairs: with an adjustable seat height, armrests and often adjustable backrest, an office chair with adjustable settings made from quality materials is the easiest way to ensure you sit comfortably and maintain a good posture while working.
    Take a look at our task chairs, here.
  3. Monitor arms: Ergoform’s ‘Ergo Up’ range of monitor arms are affordable yet powerful articulating arms for any workspace. The effortless one-touch monitor adjustment allows you to work in a comfortable ergonomic position. Using Ergo Up monitor arms you can reclaim your desktop, while its sleek cable management system and simplistic design complement any workspace.
    View our monitor arms, here.

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