Increase Productivity With In-Office Ergonomics
Do you think you can be more productive with your day? What are you focused on to increase productivity? I would bet that there are many things you are not considering that can make a big difference in the productivity of you and your staff.
Ergonomics has been underestimated in the past but new studies are coming out to show the true benefits. For instance, The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries reviewed 250 ergonomics case studies to show the impact of ergonomics on business goals like cost savings, productivity, and product quality.
Today, leading companies are integrating ergonomics deeply into all of their operations. An ergonomic design promotes good posture, less exertion, fewer motions and better heights and reaches, the workstation becomes more efficient. That also translates into better quality, happier employees, reduced safety issues and sick leave. See this presentation on the 5 proven benefits of ergonomics
What is ergonomics? The ergonomics definition is simply the study of work. Ergonomic product engineering takes into account human characteristics and preferences to enable the job to fit the worker. This allows the product use to take into account height, weight as well as hearing, sight, temperature preferences, and so on. Good ergonomics improves efficiency and increase productivity, promotes well-being and helps prevent injury.
Many underestimate the power of ergonomics. The right fit whether it be the way you hold something or how you sit is important to your health, safety, and productivity.
In a previous article, I talked about the productivity benefits of standing desks and standing meetings but that isn’t viable for all people and environments and needs to be combined with a proper ergonomic study because neither standing or sitting all day provides pressure on the back, spine and muscular skeleton.
Companies that invest in ergonomic workstations are investing to increase productivity of their environment. Time management isn’t just about scheduling, it is also about managing the physical distractions in the workplace to get the most out of the time we have. A focus on ergonomics is one of many environmental time management tips.
Let’s focus the rest of this article on ergonomic chairs.
What is an Ergonomic Chair?
It is a chair that best supports your spine and joints. It provides a greater physical comfort which translates into happier more creative workers.
An ergonomic chair should have the following features:
- Swivel mechanism. Swivel mechanism facilitates sitting at the proper angle and easy movement.
- Adjustable seat height. An ergonomic chair may also have a tilting seat pan to improve the angle of the pelvis and seat depth adjustment for individual setting of seat length
- Adjustable armrests. Height and depth adjustment of the arm pads is recommended
- Adjustable Backrest. A backrest that offers support for the lower back, in particular, can be raised and lowered and preferably tilted backward or forwards. The addition of an adjustable lumbar support pad is also recommended
Some benefits are:
- Preventing Back Pain and Other Injury
If, like most people you spend the bulk of your day sitting, the right chair is crucial. Sitting may seem like a low-impact activity but it places considerable strain on some parts of your body, especially the lumbar region. Supporting the back effectively and tilting the pelvis to encourage sitting straight instead of slouching can help protect the lower back.
- Productivity and output:
An ergonomic chair while reducing physical discomfort can help to stimulate productivity through more effective by fostering better concentration, creativity, and quality. They will spend more time focused on the tasks than their aches and pain. People will take less unnecessary breaks to relieve the discomfort. All of these breaks in concentration cost the productivity of the workforce.
- Long-term Savings
In the long run, companies save money by instating ergonomic chairs and workstations. People suffer less from fatigue and physical discomfort that can turn into muscle and spinal issues, reducing the number of days that employees are absent is a hidden cost that should be considered. The care and attention your employees feel from creating a comfortable environment are translated directly into employee loyalty and engagement. This reduces employee turnover.
A happy workforce is a productive workforce.