Ergonomic Office Furniture

Written by Erwann Marshall
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Introducing ergonomic office furniture into a workplace is not a move to waste money or pander to complaining workers. Instead, utilizing ergonomic furniture is a step towards a more productive, healthy and safe environment. Studies have shown that ergonomically designed offices save more money in prevented workers compensation costs and have better absentee and late start rates than those who do not.

Now, more than ever, businesses are employing office workers and computer technicians to crunch numbers, organize documents and process communication information. Unfortunately, most of these office employees are not told, nor do they utilize, ergonomic principles in the construction and setup of their work areas. Many people experience back spasms, neck pains, carpal tunnel syndrome, and eyestrain because of poor posture and bad choices in furniture.

By purchasing ergonomic office furniture, an individual has a better chance of making it through the workday with little or no pain at all, increased energy, a better outlook and a more positive drive to to a good job. Recognizing this, smart business owners will implement their own ergonomic education plan and offer the best ergonomic office furniture they can to their employees. They can discuss with each employee regarding most important pieces of office furniture and then organize a purchasing plan.

The Most Important Pieces of Ergonomic Office Furniture

The first consideration is which type of office chair to include within a workspace, followed by a sturdy and roomy desk capable of allowing easy reach to most tools and secondary machines. An office manager should help the employee adjust his chair to fit the height of the desk and how to properly add a headrest and footrest to the chair and a keyboard tray to the desk, if needed. Finally, the manager must help in the arrangement of all important secondary machines (phone, computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse) so that no undue strain is placed upon the employee's musculoskeletal system.


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