Studies show mental and physical fatigue in the workplace takes its toll. Not only does it lead to more mistakes that can cause injuries, cost money and sometimes, even lives; fatigue at work can spill over into your home life as well — making for a not so pleasant disposition. But what’s this have to do with corporate furniture?
Lets focus on mental fatigue and some important things to consider in your working environment. Such things as air quality, lighting, and how much sleep you got the night before, are important factors in staying alert and energized. But have you ever considered the role your furniture plays in your mental and physical well-being? This is especially important if you spend most of your time behind a desk.
That’s right. The furniture you use everyday has a significant impact on your mental alertness and ultimately how your body feels on a physical level.
In addition to having a comfortable, properly adjusted chair and a desk that has all of your tools within reach; the location of your computer screen is one of the most important aspects to consider when it comes to putting strain on our bodies, both physically and mentally. After all, you’re going to be staring at it for extended periods of time. As we spend hours focused on complex spreadsheets or editing graphics, or any number of other computer related tasks, our mental acuity decreases. You’ll find a number of articles related to monitor placement, posture and comfort. You can even download an article from our website. But the important thing to remember is to place your monitor in an ergonomically beneficial position that is comfortable for you. Ideally, the screen should be aligned directly in front of you so you are not sitting at an angle or having to look to one side or the other for extended periods of time.
NOVA offers three comfortable, fatigue-fighting solutions for monitor placement in our corporate furniture line.
- The Downview™: This Visual Display Option places your computer screen directly in front of you at a “downward gaze angle.” The screen is placed underneath the desktop and you view it through a slightly tinted glass viewport that helps to reduce eyestrain. We know, we know — one of the first objections people have when they see the Downview™ options is, “I think that would hurt my neck, looking down all the time!” But think about this. Long before we had computers, we had these things called books. You remember them, right? When you read a book you don’t hold it straight out in front of you at arms length do you? Of course not, you hold it downward and at an angle. Pick up a book or brochure and try it. Note your head and body position. Go ahead. I’ll wait. The Downview™ monitor placement follows the same concept. By the way, we also view digital tablets at a downward angle. Studies have shown that viewing your up close work in this manner will reduce eyestrain and fatigue. Here's another article that explains it a little better than I can.
- The Trolley monitor lift is a more traditional monitor placement location. The Trolley saves desktop space and clears the line of sight between you and any visitors in your office. Simply push a button and the monitor will raise or lower from beneath the desktop. Tired of looking at that spreadsheet? Need a break? Want to hide the information on your computer screen? Just push the button and the entire flat panel lowers out of sight. The Trolley is a great alternative to having a flat panel sitting on your desktop all the time. Simply making the monitor disappear from view from time to time will give your eyes a much-needed break. Plus, it will clear your work area for collaborative efforts and other non-computer related tasks.
- The Surface Mount Arm gives you greater flexibility in setting the angle and height of your computer screen. Both important factors when making sure you’re body is in the right position for a long day at the office. Additionally, it provides a level of security against theft or accidental damage.
Monitor placement, along with feeling comfortable at your furniture, are two important factors in maintaining your mental and physical stamina through a hard day at the office. Just like a construction worker, you’ve got to have the right tools and know how to use them to make the most of your job. Let NOVA show you how our technology furniture enhancements can help you get through the day feeling energized and alert. We’ll provide the tools that help you work more efficiently and maybe even have some energy left by the end of the day.
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