Ergonomics is described as the scientific study of the interaction between humans and systems, specifically in relation to efficiency and usability in the work environment. This includes processes and product designs that are built for comfort and increased productivity.
If you’ve ever worked in an office environment, you’ve likely heard the term ‘ergonomics’ at one point or another. Many companies with in-office staff are now providing ergonomically correct furniture, workstations, and tools for their employees to do their jobs more efficiently and be less likely to sustain stress injuries.
Now that many companies are going fully remote or at least temporarily remote, it’s also important that you have a good-quality, supportive office environment at home when you need it.
So, whether you’re buying what you need for a home office or a company office, you may be wondering how to tell if what you’re getting is of decent quality. With so many products out there claiming to be ‘ergonomic,’ how do you know if that’s what you’re really getting?
Here’s what to look for:
Is it Comfortable?
Comfort should always be a top priority when it comes to ergonomic design. If a mouse is truly ergonomic, it should take strain off of the wrist, hand, and forearm; decrease pain points; and preferably have a slant from 20° to 90°. When you spend the majority of your time working at a desk, you don’t want to feel constant strain or even fatigue. Most companies want their employees to feel supported, and being comfortable can help increase efficiency and productivity.
Is it Adjustable?
When your keyboard, for example, is fully ergonomic, it’ll offer multiple adjustment angles. All Goldtouch keyboards adjust from 0-30° horizontally and vertically. This lets every user select the correct angle for their body type — the correct angle is the one that takes pressure off of the hands, wrists, and forearms. Since our keyboards are fully contained, they make all these adjustments without the need for additional tenting accessories like other brands. Always remember, if it isn’t adjustable, it isn’t ergonomic.
Does It Stand Behind Its Claims?
In order for a product to be considered ergonomic, it needs to fulfill a goal or a need for the person using it. Does it increase output, reduce the risk of injury, or help support better work quality? Then chances are, it’s ergonomically sound.
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