Ergonomics

 

Ergonomics is the application of how to improve the efficiency and comfort in a work place. Used correctly ergonomic design helps to reduce discomfort at work, therefore increasing job satisfaction, productivity and well-being . In the long term good ergonomic design reduces costs to the organization.

 

Human scale are renowned manufacturing ergonomically designed products.They are intuitive and adjust effortlessly to the user. We at Interactive Interiors are educated in ergonomic design and continually apply the design principles on every project.

 

Please use the link below to find out more about Humanscale and read some advice from experts on how to use ergonomics to create a more comfortable place to work. https://www.humanscale.com/

The Active Work Space.

 

In today’s world we are working longer hours and the modern office space continues to shift which affects our health and well-being. With this in consideration ergonomics is more important than ever.

 

Finding the correct elements that adjust to the user, promotes spontaneous movement and counter the negative effects of poor behavior, this is a key factor for maintaining wellness at work. The modern day work space is a new approach that encourages productivity and balance – whether in traditional office’s or in a home office. It can help build more activity into their daily routine for long term health.

The Importance of Being Active?

For decades sitting at the desk has been the office  standard. But now thanks to research, we now know that static behavior can cause a vast amount of health problems – from poor circulation to premature spinal disc degeneration – and is detrimental to our long-term well being.

 

Both long term sitting and standing can damage our health. How can we change this? More activity, but not just outside the office.

 

Ergonomists recommend factoring more breaks into the workday and striking a balance between seating and standing positions.

 

More movement benefits our wellbeing and reduces the risk of injury and fatigue. A 2009 Mayo Clinic study found that it was possible to burn an additional 340 calories per day by spending two hours standing instead of sitting, while researchers suggest standing for 15 minutes every hour invigorates the mind and body, boosting circulation, taking pressure off the spine and allowing the muscles to stretch and refresh.

The Benefit of an Active Workspace.

 

An active workspace is a necessity not a modern day design phase. It can improve comfort, productivity and quality of life for everybody, including those who have never worked with flexible tools or sit/stand solutions.

 

We Recommend Humanscale as a Solution.

 

“Humanscale strives to design products that make life more comfortable. Our designs are simple, beautiful and durable, and they’re built to support spontaneous movement throughout the workday.”

 

Their chairs intuitively recline. Their  sit/stand solutions move effortlessly when you want them to, through the support of a hydrolic system. Their lights react to your presence and offer customizable illumination. Their monitor arms are truly flexible so you can be too.

 

In our opinion Humanscale are true leaders in ergonomic design. Their  products are the groundwork for a healthy work life.

Investing in Ergonomics.

 

By applying ergonomics to the work environment, companies can experience an increase in benefits. When a company takes a proactive approach to employee safety and well-being, employees take notice of this active appreciation on their wellbeing. this will result in job satisfaction and show higher commitment levels. Employees’ positive reaction to this demonstrated care for their health yields a variety of benefits, such as increased turnover rates and better work quality, as well as improved output, engagement and morale.

 

When employees are more committed to a company, they are more productive and even display more initiative and effort in the tasks performed. As a result of higher employee engagement, satisfaction and productivity, the company projects an improved corporate image, which may lead to better community relationships and a more impactful brand.

 

A growing body of evidence suggests that the presence of an organizational-wide approach to health and wellness has long-term financial benefits. “The National Business Group on Health recently found that employers that have health and productivity programs are able to reduce disability days between 10% and 35%, improve return to work rates by at least 6% and experience an ROI ranging from 3:1 to 15:1.”

 

Both tangibly and intangibly, ergonomics programs can help organizations achieve their business objectives and goals. Contact us for ergonomic assessments.

How to have an Ergonomic Workspace.

 

The five must-have items for a fully ergonomic workspace must include the following.

 

1. Task Chair
The best ergonomic task chairs promote spontaneous movement and offer easy, intuitive operation. Look for a chair that automatically adjusts to your body’s needs with dynamic recline and lumbar support. Armrests that connect to the back of the chair – so they move with you during recline – are also a valuable feature.

 

2. Articulating Keyboard Support
Keyboard supports form the bridge between the user and the computer. They help prevent wrist pain and carpal tunnel syndrome, allow the upper body to relax, and maximize the function of an ergonomic task chair by enabling the user to work while fully engaged with the lumbar support. Look for keyboard supports with negative tilt adjustability to keep wrists straight and protect them from injury.

 

3. Task Lighting
An often-overlooked ergonomic essential, the task light provides the right amount of light necessary for viewing hard copy documents and helps prevent glare and Computer Vision Syndrome – a condition affecting up to 90% of computer users which causes eyestrain, eye fatigue, dry eyes, light sensitivity, blurred vision, headaches and other symptoms.
Task lighting has even been linked to boosts in mood and productivity, and allows lower levels of ambient lighting, yielding significant reductions in energy usage and associated costs.

 

4. Monitor Arms
Monitor arms serve double-duty in the ergonomic workspace. In addition to enabling the correct positioning of the monitor, monitor arms clear valuable desktop space for other users and can make smaller workspaces more productive. Likewise, laptop holders allow for the ergonomic use of a laptop computer by propping the monitor up into an easy-to-view position and requiring the use of an external keyboard and mouse.

 

5. Sit/Stand Workstations
Incorporating height-adjustable solutions in to your workstation is essential for a balanced and healthy way of working. The benefits of sit/stand go beyond increasing our well-being and reducing the risk of injury. Research has shown that standing for just 15 minutes every hour boosts circulation, takes pressure off the spine and balances muscle use. This simple refresh of the body and mind can enhance productivity and reduce fatigue.