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3 Main office Ergonomics issues, so, what exactly is ergonomics?  The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition explains ergonomics as – ‘An applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so […]

3 Main office Ergonomics issues, so, what exactly is ergonomics?  The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition explains ergonomics as – ‘An applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely.’

In any office environment, efficiency and safety are major areas of focus so if you get your office ergonomics right, you’ll keep your staff safe and well – and productive too.

Wherever a workstation is based and whatever the set-up, there are usually three main areas of concern, as follows:

1. Seating 

Recent research suggests that office workers spend 75% of their waking hours sitting down!  Given that most of that will be sitting at their desk, it’s no surprise that using an old or badly designed office chair can cause many different issues.  For example, a very common problem which keeps many signed off sick is lower back pain but a poorly designed chair can also contribute to abdominal cramps and more seriously, even lead to deep vein thrombosis in the legs.

An office chair can be a real investment.  Alongside the aesthetic advantages a modern and comfortable chair offers, one which facilitates good support with height and width adjustments is crucial to staff wellbeing and will allow the user to tailor their chair to their own needs. Have a look at some of our Ergonomic Seating options

2. Desking

For those who use their keyboard most of their day, it’s extremely important that their workstation is set at the right height.  Muscles, nerves and tendons in the fingers, hands and wrists can be adversely affected if the keyboard user is not sitting comfortably.  Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a consequential, common complaint in the workplace which can lead to lengthy periods of sick leave.

Whilst an ergonomic keyboard and mouse can help, a desk with integral keyboard shelf is a useful addition to a workstation, giving plenty of workspace.  In addition, height adjustable desks which allow for sitting and standing are an amazing way to allow staff to work comfortably and safely and even dispense with sitting down for periods of time if they wish.

3. Lighting

In a smaller office, lighting is fairly easy to organise efficiently.  It is likely to be easier to position workstations suitably around artificial lighting and windows if there are fewer of them.  However, in a larger office, lighting can prove an issue for some.  On a dull day, artificial lighting can sometimes be too dim and conversely, can often be too bright.  Equally, the glare from computer screens can also be an issue.  Too few breaks can perpetuate issues brought on by lighting issues such as eye strain, headaches and even nausea.

Whilst it’s impossible to control the seasons or weather, well thought out office design and screen adjustments, together with the use of blinds and anti-glare screens can help with individual workstation issues and therefore reduce the potential for any problems arising.

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