Health Benefits of Ergonomics

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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!

Take a Break

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.
Ergonomic Desk

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!

Desk Position

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?

48 inch varidesk
Awesome product and an excellent tabletop desk that is worth the extra money!

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.

Versa Desk

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.

Versadesk

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.

Conclusion

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.

Thanks for stopping by and reading this post, please leave any comments, opinions, suggestions, or questions in the comment section below.

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22 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Ergonomics

  1. Thanks for taking the time to write this educative piece. I agree with all the points raised. A lot of employees are at risk of incorrect ergonomic conditions in their workplace. 

    This incorrect ergonomic position is negatively affecting their productivity. Companies both small and large need to do more in creating a conducive ergonomic workplace for their employees. 

    This from my own experience can help reduce frustration, lighten the mood and prevent backache often associated with incorrect body position. Varidesk, Versa desk indeed would be good solutions to explore. Great piece

    1. Thank you for your comments and for sharing your personal experiences with incorrect ergonomically set up workspaces. 

      It is good for the individual business person to focus on their computer workstations and think about how the correct ergonomics can assist them in becoming more productive and succeeding in their business. 

  2. This post illustrates the health benefits of the ergonomic computer desk and how to position our computer for the betterment of our health. 

    The stand-up desk is also excellent and convenient for the use of proper office use.  I like the Varidesk, and the Versa desk because they both are an adjustable desk for your computer. 

    This post is significant for protecting our health. Thanks

    1. Thank you for your comments; glad that you enjoyed the article and got some useful information from it. I hope that it help you to set up your home office in an ergonomically correct way.

  3. I need a workplace that is ergonomically set up. Most of the time I have to work in front of the computer, and I become bored and frustrate. 

    For this reason as soon as possible I will try this at my home to exercise more during the day which will promote a healthy lifestyle and get reduced from the frustration factor. 

    Thank you very much for sharing with us.

    1. Thank you for your comments and glad that you enjoyed the article, and hope that you find a way to set up your home in an ergonomically correct way, that will help you feel better.

  4. I would love to be able to use one of those desks. I used to have to do my computer work(not the whole day) on a hard bar stool with no cushion, hunched over a table that was too low. At least I’ve been upgraded to a real desk chair and desk.

    I am still working on building a nice desk area at home. This idea is something to keep in mind, not just the type of desk, but getting up and doing something if you sit too long or sit when you need to. Job fatigue can go on longer than necessary for a lot of people.

    1. Thanks for your comments and glad that you got upgraded to better working conditions with your job. It is essential to think about how to be more productive when you are working for yourself at home.

  5. The article is fantastic and educative, for an employee to enjoy their work in a particular setting ergonomics is very important. 

    Productivity will increase increased and enhanced, and the workplace environment determines the efficiency and how productive an employee would be, I love this article. 

    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, is this so?

    1. Thank you for your comments, and it is true that when people are feeling better through a well prepared ergonomically correct workplace, they will be less fatigued and more productive. 

      The key here is to make your home office an ergonomically correct place to work on your home based business. 

  6. Thanks for the informative post on adjustable desks. I can understand how sitting for too long of a stretch can get hard on the back and it’s healthy for a person to get exercise.

    On the other hand, I am a welder at my job and have to spend all day standing and some days, depending on what my work is I have to be pretty active. A situation like this is starting to take its toll on me; some times my legs are just screaming out for me to sit down.

    I hope that one day I can have a fully functional, well-paying job that I can do in my own home and have an adjustable desk. Your post gives me inspiration for the future.

    1. Thank you for sharing your experiences with fatigue on your job as a welder, I understand what you are going through, and in some cases, people need to rest and take a load off instead of looking for ways to stand more.

      Hope that you find your success and be able to spend more time doing what you enjoy doing. Building a business online takes many hours at the computer and when you start doing that the ergonomics changes. 

  7. Thank you for a great article! I agree that the ergonomics of workspace will affect not only your physical and mentally healthy but also your productivity in tasks. 

    I have a perfect desk set-up in the office with a standing desk and two adjustable monitors. 

    When I feel like my posture is getting worse because I’m tired of sitting, I work standing. However, I somehow lose focus when I’m standing, and my legs and feet start screaming in 15 min. 

    Do you know if it’s common to lose focus while standing? I’m sure my body appreciates better blood circulation, but my attention goes to my legs.

    1. Thank you for your comments and to address the pain in your legs when standing for extended periods some excellent anti-fatigue mats can help with leg pain.

      There is footrest that you can purchase to adjust your feet and help with the pain. Stretching out a little may help to reduce the pain. I find that if you take quick little walks, it helps with mental focus.  

  8. Thanks for enlightening me about ergonomics,

    I really need this, I spend most of my time in front of a computer, and I have been experiencing a lot of fatigue and backache. Spending some income and time making these necessary changes might be the remedy I need for a more productive and consistent home working life.

    Thanks for this

    1. Thank you for your comment and glad that you got some useful information about ergonomics, it does make a difference in the way you feel, and your productivity will increase when you address it adequately.

  9. The health benefits of ergonomics are well-known to me.  I used to work in a “cube-farm” on a graveyard shift, and our workstations were TERRIBLE.  Nothing adjusted – not even my chair height.  And we shared the cubes with two other people during the day, so nothing was ever in a convenient place, having been moved here and there several times.  

    I remember days when my back was screaming from discomfort because my chair was too low and I had to lift my arms slightly to type for 8 hours a day (we entered customer orders into a computer.) I wish we’d had one of these Varidesk or Versa Desk things.  

    If I could have varied the height of my surfaces, or – god forbid – STOOD for a while, I’m sure my productivity would have increased.  I was one of the fastest typists there, but eventually, I plateaued just due to fatigue.  But with this, I could have changed up my style every few hours and not felt so exhausted at the end of the day.  

    Looking at it now, I’m wondering if I could couple a Varidesk with some little stair-stepper machine, and actually, get a little exercise while working!  I have a small thing I could use, but wonder what you think – would that work or not?

    Anyway, thanks for the thorough review of the different options out there.  I’d seen them before, but didn’t know some of the specifics you shared – very helpful!

    1. Thanks for sharing your experiences and I understand where you are coming from with the frustrations that come from not having an excellent ergonomic workspace. 

      Many of the Control Panels that I have worked on over the years shared similar conditions that you describe. I am looking into using a footrest to help stay loose while standing for extended periods.

  10. Hi there, I love the look of the Varidesk. At the moment I am working from my kitchen table. Not very ergonomic I know – hence why I’m looking around for some alternatives. I find I’m spending more and more time sitting down and working from my screen which is necessary but not great for my body. 

    I recently invested in a huge screen that I plug into my laptop, and that’s working well so far. It’s just the table that isn’t quite right now. They’re not as expensive as I thought they would be. I think this will be a good investment for my online business. Thanks.

    1. Thank you for your comments and keep in mind that there are other options besides the Varidesk. I appreciate the valve in the Varidesk, especially for a desktop model. But if you have different needs, some tables are adjustable and may work better for your needs.

  11. I found the title of your post most intriguing, and I just had to read it!!

    You speak such a lot of sense – the work position which you adopt is so much more important than many people may realize because, as you say, the wrong stance can cause a good many health problems.

     I would agree that standing up is important, and it certainly does encourage people to move about more often – that has to be a bonus!

    I only use a single laptop at home – is there a suitably adjustable work desk that would be appropriate for that situation?

    Very many thanks for your information

    Chrissie 🙂

    1. Thank you for your comments and yes there are some good ones that I have seen that would be good for what you are describing. There is an interesting model on Amazon that is on sale for $39.99 that is adjustable for a laptop up to 17 inches and it has a mouse pad also. Here is a link to it: Laptop Stand

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