Ergonomic Equipment

Written by Sierra Rein
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The best decision that any business owner can make is to place properly installed ergonomic equipment into all his employees' workstations. Not only will this move increase productivity and reduce the chance of occupation-related injuries. It will also help office workers, secretaries and typists feel more comfortable at their job and more appreciative of the work they are paid to do.

Observers of ergonomics have concluded that ergonomic equipment can lead to lower percentages of absenteeism and error rates and higher percentages of activity levels throughout the day. Worker's compensation rates have also been known to decline after the addition of ergonomic chairs, keyboards, mice and desks into the workplace. Thus, it makes sense for both the bottom dollar and employee morale to invest in ergonomically sound office equipment.

The Most Important Pieces of Ergonomic Equipment

Because most office workers will be sitting throughout most of the day, choosing an ergonomically fit chair is the first consideration. The chair should be adjusted to the unique height and structure of the individual and must allow him to lean back into a reclining position. This is not to encourage lazy behavior but to keep the spine at a stress-free angle throughout the day and lower the chances of developing lower back pain.

The next unit of ergonomic equipment is a well-organized desk fitted with an area for an eye-level monitor, an under-the-desk shelf for a keyboard and mouse, and ample desk spaces for ergonomically sound accessories. One can then fill it with an angled ergonomic keyboard and symmetrically designed mouse and add document holders to prevent unhealthy eye and neck movements. If a laptop is going to be used, consider purchasing an angled laptop holder that keeps the keyboard at a proper and healthy angle to the body.

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