In today’s article, we are going to discuss the benefits of ergonomics to the individual business owner or blogger.
There are many benefits in the industrial setting for large companies to invest in creating an ergonomic workplace for their employees.
In general, workplace ergonomics process will save companies money in the long run by creating a workplace for people that will make them feel better about working there.
Frustrated people on the job, that frustration leads to fatigue, and the fatigue can negatively impact how well they complete their task.
People who are primarily responsible for working from a desk, face different challenges that people who are working out in the field.
Some people do not realize that this difference causes different ways to look at problems with fatigue.
When someone is working on their feet all day, versus doing a lot of walking, climbing, squatting, lifting heavy objects, etc. They need a break from their activities by sitting down and taking a load off!
On the other hand, when someone is spending hours behind a desk, they need to get up and move around more. Studies have shown the need for office workers to get more activities built into their workdays.
People who are working in an ergonomically correct workplace are more productive. Compainies who provide a better work environment have employees who are more productive and less likely to be injured from incorrect body positions.
Correct ergonomics contributes to the well-being of the person and that feeling of well-being improves morale and increases employee involvement.
Ergonomic Computer Desk
Creating an ergonomic desk area involves getting the computer screens where they are at eye level and at the correct distance to see clearly to the user.
Finding the correct position is something that each person needs to do with the following points in mind:• Monitor Height allows for the best vision of the user. Typically, at arm’s length from the monitor.
- The position of the keyboard enables the user to hover over the keys comfortably. Wrist and hands at or below the elbows.
- Choose a chair that gives excellent lumbar and is adjustable to allow the knees to be level with the hips.
- The additional footrest is an excellent idea to think about to reduce the fatigue in the legs, calves, and feet.
- Place all other items that are used frequently in a neat, orderly fashion within arm’s reach — reducing frustration and fatigue.
- Ensure the desk has ample room to allow the user’s legs easily and do not store items under the desk that obstructs the area access.
Having these essential conditions met will make your experience working at the computer much better and more productive.
It is easy to see these benefits for the typical office worker, but when someone is working from their home, they can quickly overlook the importance of having this environment for themselves.
Another critical point is the cost is perceived as “nice to have the item”, when it may very well be the key to writing better articles and becoming more successful.
Food for thought as we look at some different approaches to making the computer workstation more appealing and user-friendly.
Ergonomic Desk Position
Once a person has determined the correct positions from the previously stated list. Then they can think about how much time they will be spending at the work station.
Recently, I started paying more attention to the different types of desks that are in offices. The stand-up desk is becoming popular and for a good reason.
People will feel better if they have the option to sit or stand at their work station.
In my day job, I am spending more and more time behind the desk and working on computers. This activity was taking its toll on my health and making it harder to get up out of the chair after sitting too long.
Since my workload is increasing; I asked my boss for a Varidesk, and he did not even hesitate in ordering me one, and it came the next day!
What a difference the Varidesk has made to the way that I feel and the productivity increase is impressive.
With the increased productivity doing the same types of task over and over again, is not so frustrating.
There is some task that requires making multiple trips to the copy machine. It works out better to do these jobs in the standing position.
And on the other side, when the task requires extra mental focus, it helps to sit down for those jobs.
All this has made me think about how much the adjustable desk would help me when I get home and start working in my home office.
Varidesk Adjustable Height Standup Desk
I have decided to get an adjustable desk for my home office, and my initial thought is to get the same model Varidesk that I have at my work office.
While thinking and researching the different products that are on the market, it is not that easy of a decision.
Amazon has many options for the adjustable desk to choose from, and they also carry the Varidesk.
The thing that the Varidesk has going for it is that it is very sturdy and works very well. We have many models, and there are no complaints about them at all.
Most of the comments are from people who want to get themselves a Varidesk for their office. Most do not ask their leader, and I think that they would be surprised. They have not because they ask not?
The fact that I use a Varidesk every day makes it an excellent candidate for my home office as I know firsthand how well it works.
The most important aspect of this is the improvement to the user’s lifestyle and the productivity increase that comes from having these options available while working at home.
Recently, I spent a weekend working on my website that was correcting some issues from switching to the new editor. The task took me over 16 hours to complete and was exhausting; the thought of using the Varidesk came to me through that process.
Knowing that in the future similar things are going to happen with the website requiring working for extended periods it makes sense to address the issues sooner rather than later.
In Amazon, there are other options to the Varidesk; these desks have electric motors; for those interested, it makes them more convenient for about fifty dollars more.
The tabletop models vary in size, and the price varies with the size of the desk.
For people who are working on a laptop, a smaller model may be a better fit, and it cost less than the larger models.
The price ranges from $140 for the 32” model to $495 for the 48” model. The Desktop size that works best for two monitors and a docking station in the 48” model.
That is the size of the Varidesk that I have in my work office, and it allows the docking station to be in the middle for my laptop (open position) and two 24” monitors.
Using the Varidesk like this is a very productive setup because the smaller screen works best to monitor for the files and frees up the larger monitors of working.
The electric option may appeal to someone for the added capacity rating, on the 48” model the electric is good to 80 pounds and the manual model is good to 45 pounds.
Health benefits of focusing on the ergonomics of your home office are going to start with feeling freer to move around easier.
When workstations are ergonomically set up, the frustration factor gets reduced, and the general productivity begins to increase. What will you do with the extra time and abilities that will come from applying this strategy to your home office?
When people are on their feet, they tend to be ready to start moving, that will be an encouragement to exercise more during the day which will promote a healthy lifestyle.
Consider using one of these flexible options in your home office and justify it to yourself by the health benefits as well as the increased productivity.
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