As we discuss often here on the Goldtouch blog, modern ergonomics has become trickier than ever as more people work from mobile devices that were designed with convenience and portability but not the human body in mind. Complicating things even further is the pace of technological innovation, which keeps ergonomists adjusting their strategies as quickly as they can.
But don’t worry. As is so well articulated in this article, 5 Steps to Improve Ergonomics in the Office, you can still improve the ergonomics of your mobile workspace in the following ways:
1. Understand what ergonomics is.
Ergonomics, at its deepest level, is all about making workspaces fit the human body, rather than forcing human bodies to adjust to the workspace. When done right, ergonomics leads to less pain, greater productivity, and fewer workers compensation claims.
2. Understand ergonomic injuries.
An ergonomic injury often isn’t like a sprained ankle. Ergonomic injuries tend to happen over a long period of time, as in the case of repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). In this way, ergonomic injuries can ultimately be more damaging than sudden injuries, as they often result from the fundamental change of the structure and behavior of a set of muscles and joints.
3. Identify your ergonomic challenges.
Each office — and each workspace, for that matter — comes with its own set of ergonomic challenges. Take the time to do an ergonomic audit before launching any new ergonomic programs to ensure you’re pinpointing the true problems at hand.
4. Set up your workstation.
For the best results, hiring an ergonomist to set up office workstations is an investment with high dividends. Most of us, after all, don’t have degrees in the subject area and would rather concentrate on other things like, you know, our jobs.
5. Select the right equipment.
From ergonomic keyboards to chairs with lumbar support, it’s important that you have the right equipment for navigating your office space. Again, this is an investment that will surely pay off in the long term.
There is much more to office ergonomics than just this, but this will give you a great start. We highly recommend reading the article for more in-depth suggestions.
How would you change your workspace if you could to better fit your body? Let us know in the comments below.