Why Ergonomic Comfort Is Important
Ergonomic comfort is essential for both employees and employers. When employees work through pain, their productivity rates drop and they increase their risk of injury. In the long term, this can greatly impede the employee’s career advancement, and can cost the employer thousands of dollars in workers compensation claims. Multiply that across hundreds if not thousands of employees, and there are plenty of reasons to invest in ergonomic comfort in the workplace.
The Right Equipment for Ergonomic Comfort
Of course, ergonomic comfort starts with ergonomic products. Investing in an ergonomic keyboard, ergonomic mouse, and a laptop and tablet stand for every employee is a great place to start. Standing desks and ergonomic chairs can also be highly effective in promoting a healthy posture.
The Proper Technique for Ergonomic Comfort
Just as important, however, to instilling an ergonomic culture is changing the way we move around and within our offices. For instance, it’s important to have a “hands down” approach to keyboarding, something flat keyboards make difficult to achieve. Ideally, your hands should float naturally over your keyboard, rather than straining your wrists too far in either direction. This is especially important when using mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Ideally, you should sync these devices with a mobile keyboard and type from there, rather than banging away at a tiny touchscreen. A split ergonomic keyboard is the best for helping to guide your hands into a more natural position. It will also allow for vertical tenting so you can approach your keyboard from a downward angle.
Ergonomic Comfort While Talking on the Phone
Another big behavior to reconsider is the way you talk on your phone — all the more so if you spend a lot of time making calls. Whether you cradle the phone between your neck and shoulder or hold it with one hand, this is bound to lead to musculoskeletal problems in the long term. Instead, consider wireless headphones with a built-in microphone for a completely hand- and wire-free experience.
For more great tips on remaking your office for ergonomic health, we highly recommend reading the article, Time for Some Tech Realignment.
How have you remade your workspace to be more ergonomic? Let us know in the comments below.