Ergonomic Office Furniture - Features and Benefits
Ergonomics is the scientific study of human work. The word originates from the Greek words "ergos" meaning ‘work’ and "nomos" meaning ‘natural laws of’. More specifically to the subject of office furniture, ergonomics has rather nicely been described as fitting the workplace to the worker, rather than fitting the worker to the workplace.
Why ergonomic seating?
Our work and leisure time is increasingly being taken up by staring at a computer monitor. The importance of doing this on comfortable seating that encourages good posture and helps prevent back ache and spinal problems has never been more important for personal health.
In the workplace, as well as keeping staff happy and comfortable, there are more serious reasons for looking at an investment in ergonomic office furniture. For instance, employees will be less likely to take time off work because of back pain, and the financial loss associated with this will therefore be reduced. More seriously, the risk of workers' compensation claims and costs through spinal injuries will be significantly reduced.
A good chair will improve employee satisfaction, productivity and relations between employer/employee, as they will feel that you appreciate them and value their comfort and safety, and want to give them the very best.
Is ergonomic office furniture right for your business?
Ask yourself whether or not you and your staff could be more comfortable sitting at your workstation. If you do not already have ergonomically designed furniture the answer is almost certain to be yes. Remember, comfort in the work place usually correlates directly with job satisfaction and employee efficiency.
The two pieces of office furniture that make the biggest impact when attempting to improve ergonomics are chairs and workstations. Here are our tips to help you find the most suitable chairs and workstations. If you choose office furniture that meets all these requirements you can look forward to a comfortable and more productive future!
Chairs – what an ergonomic chair should provide:
A spinning chair seat – this will mean that you turn you entire body and not just the upper torso when rotating in your seat.
Good seating support to encourage posture and a straight spine.
A vision range from horizontal (max up) to 60 degrees (max down).
Support that keeps thighs horizontal and knees at 90 degree angle to this.
A seat that keeps feet on the floor (or a footrest) at a 90 degree angle to lower leg.
Desks – what an ergonomic desk should provide:
Space for upper arms to drop vertically and forearm to sit at a 90 degree angle.
Monitor space that allows approximately 35 degrees below your horizontal eye line.