We often hear the term ergonomics being used in work environments, but what are ergonomic products, and how are they used to improve productivity?
What are ergonomic products?
Ergonomics is the study of how humans interact with system parts to improve efficiency and compatibility. Ergonomic concepts may be applied to goods used in corporate and personal contexts by understanding the human shape, muscular systems, and human limits. The term ‘ergonomic’ refers to a design that has been given careful consideration to ensure that it is the best possible fit for the person, the environment, and the work. Ergonomic products are any items that are meant to make things easier to use and less likely to cause injury.
In its simplest form, ergonomics is working in a way that puts the minimal amount of stress on your body, for the period that you are sat in a position. To this extent, it is about designing a working environment around an individual, rather than expecting them to adapt to what is already there. As humans, we are all different, heights, weights, shapes, and sizes, no two people are the same, and as such no workstation should be the same either.
Why is ergonomics important?
Ergonomics is important because when you are doing a job and your body is stressed by an awkward posture, extreme temperature, or repeated movement your musculoskeletal system is affected. Your body may begin to have symptoms such as fatigue, discomfort, and pain, which leads to reduced productivity, welfare, and job satisfaction.
What are the risks of poor ergonomics?
A lack of harmony between the environment, task, and equipment is referred to as poor ergonomics. An upright dining chair, for example, may not be considered ergonomic, but it serves its purpose wonderfully in the correct setting, such as a seldom-used dining room. The same style of chair, with its lack of lumbar support and rigid, static position, might present issues in an office atmosphere where individuals must sit for long periods of time.
Poor ergonomics can cause injury. Common ergonomic injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Ganglion cysts
- Raynaud’s disease
- Lower back problems
- Other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
How do ergonomic products improve productivity?
Using ergonomic products in your workstation can improve productivity and working environment.
You may simply continue working without worrying about potential pains if a workstation is designed with wrist, foot, and back rests to make them feel more comfortable. Moving about during the day might help you feel better. Using a fully height-adjustable sit-stand desk guarantees that your employees remain active and moving throughout the day.
Monitor risers can help place computer screens at the correct position and therefore avoid neck pains. Adding equipment such as this to a desk can improve health and avoids high rates of non-attendance.
Using ergonomic products produces a more efficient workstation with fewer motions and fewer posture difficulties, resulting in a better work environment and increased productivity.
How can Wyvern Business Systems help with ergonomics?
In relation to the layout and design of an employee’s desk set-up, there are many factors that should be considered to maximise the ergonomic benefit available to them. From specialist seating to adjustable desks, we offer equipment that can make a significant difference to your health and well-being.
Wyvern Business Systems offer a Full UK D.S.E. Ergonomic Assessment Service. Staff spend extended periods of time sat at their desk or workstation, and this prolonged position can trigger all manner of afflictions, from bad backs to repetitive motion pains, and can lead to pain, discomfort, and time spent off work.
Please download our Ergonomics Brochure for more information on ergonomic products Wyvern offer.