Ergonomics – for better workplaces

2014-11-11

Ergonomics – for better workplaces

Pain in the neck? Or tired eyes? We at Kinnarps know full well that many health problems can be prevented by applying good ergonomics. Here are 5 smart tips to consider.

You turn on your computer in the morning and you spend the entire day sitting in front of the monitor until it is time to go home. Do you recognise this situation? More and more of us are essentially spending our time at work like this. This leads to a number of health issues, such as back and neck aches, wrist pain and poorer eyesight. And it is not much better when we get home when we just slouch down into the sofa with a game console for a round of FIFA 15....
"Fifty percent of our staff have experienced pains or other physical discomfort that is related to how much we use computers," says Dan Odell who is an ergonomist at Microsoft.
But he points out that most problems can actually be prevented. This is also a mindset that permeates everything we do at Kinnarps - creating efficient and inspiring workplaces that make people feel good. Here are five simple but valuable tips from Dan Odell.
1. First and foremost, the importance of a good task chair that provides good lumbar support can never be underestimated. Never skimp when investing in seating. Chairs must be fitted with all types of settings so that you can vary the way you want to sit, which is the basis for good ergonomics.
2. Always position the computer screen so that your entire body is facing it. If you time and time again have to turn your neck, this leads to unnecessary strain. Make also sure that it is positioned at the correct height and at a comfortable distance at a good angle.
3. Do you spend a lot of time on the phone? Get a headset.
4. Be sure to keep your wrist as straight as possible if you use the computer mouse. Move the underarm, not the wrist.
5. And finally: Stand up and move about. We know how easy it is to lose ourselves in our work. Take many short breaks. Never sit too long in the same place. Variation is most important to feel good. A step in the right direction is to get yourself a height adjustable desk. It will save you from a lot of discomfort.