The term “ergonomics” can sound highly intimidating, especially when it appears next to “OSHA Audit.” But while it’s true that some ergonomic interventions can be costly and complicated there are many quick, easy and cost-effective interventions that pack a big punch. Here are our top 3 tips for ergonomic comfort.
1) Sit-Stand Desks
Sitting all day wreaks havoc on your musculoskeletal system, and it can also lead to a host of health problems, like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. A standing desk is a great antidote, as standing requires much more engagement of the legs and core. However, many won’t be able to stand all day without slouching, so an adjustable sit-stand desk is a great way to help provide the support they need while also encouraging them to get up while they type.
2) Laptop and Tablet Stands
Proper screen height is essential for safeguarding the health of employee necks and backs. It’s also crucial in preventing the development of computer vision syndrome (CVS). Ideally, screens should be placed about an arm’s length away, and at such a height that the employee can keep their neck in a neutral position. When working from a laptop or tablet, an external keyboard, ergonomic mouse and laptop and tablet stand will allow employees to use these devices like the most ergonomic of desktop computers while still enjoying their portability.
3) Proper Posture Training
Ergonomic equipment is only effective if employees use it correctly. As such, it’s important to train your employees to sit up straight with their feet flat on the floor, and to keep their necks, elbows and wrists in neutral positions — that is, in positions that do not strain the muscles or joints too far in any one direction — throughout the day.
See how easy that is? This is only the beginning of what you can do. For more in-depth tips, we highly recommend reading: 5 Small Ergonomic Changes That Make a Big Difference.