The topic of ergonomics often conjures images of luxury car interiors or high-tech recliners. But there’s nothing lofty or abstract about office ergonomics. The subject is a day-to-day, nuts-and-bolts reality in a busy office. It can be directly linked to the bottom line of employee productivity and profitable operations. In the workplace, ergonomics generally refers to employee posture in a sitting position and in relation to a desk or computer workstation.
More than 95 percent of a worker’s time in an office is spent in that scenario and here are some OSHA statistics about the results:
- Bad ergonomics result in musculoskeletal injuries that account for almost 35 percent of sick days away from work.
- Fifteen percent of workplace injuries are cases of carpal tunnel syndrome.
- More than 40 percent of diagnosed carpal tunnel cases result in more than 30 lost workdays.
Now for some good news: Optimizing office posture with Nova Solutions office furniture can increase productivity by more than 10 percent.Here's a quick way to improve your own and your co-worker's:
- Check out the adjustment mechanisms of your chair, keyboard and computer monitor. Determine whether and how much they can be adjusted.
- Start your adjustment with chair height. Adjust the chair so your thighs are parallel with the floor when sitting down. Sit up straight, then lean back very slightly with both feet flat on the floor and adjust the back support to provide full support to keep you in that position comfortably.
- Adjust the height of your keyboard, mouse and any other input devices so that, with your fingers resting on the keyboard, your arms and wrists are extended straight out from your body and level with your elbows.
- Raise or lower the computer monitor so the top of the screen is even with your forehead. The screen should always be centered directly in front of you. Your viewing angle when reading the screen should be slightly downward, approximately 15 to 30 degrees.