Office Ergonomics -
Emerging Focus for Architects & Designers

Today's modern workplace is dominated by a growing presence of technology. Employees spend much of their time responding to e-mail, writing reports, and participating in web conferences, all of which require long periods of computer use. For the average worker, this has led to an increase in the number of musculoskeletal problems such as eye fatigue, lower back pain, and wrist discomfort. An increasing number of work-related problems are due to prolonged use of the computer. More and more organizations are beginning to see the connection between workers' malaise, waste of time and productive time. The proactive management of discomfort levels, therefore, becomes an important business strategy.

Involving key stakeholders (especially architects and designers, construction project managers, etc) is a crucial first step in developing an ergonomics program. It is important to raise awareness of ergonomic issues and to understand what are the common physical problems faced by modern computer users.

SIT/STAND - A revolutionary approach to ergonomics at work

For years, traditional offices were the standard of office. It was not unusual for employees to work all day long while just getting up for the lunch break. Yet, over time, research has continued to show how sedentary behavior is harmful to our long-term health. Adults spend an average of 8 to 10 hours a day sedentary behaviors that can contribute to diabetes and cardiovascular disease - the leading cause of death in the country. Even more troubling, moderate exercise does not negate the negative impact of the time we spend not moving at all.

Instead, many people are turning to the office, but staying up all day is not the answer! Research has linked health risks to sitting or standing for long periods of time. Changing sitting or standing all day is not only good for energy and productivity, but also for overall health. Studies have shown that the incorporation of standing periods can burn calories, have a positive impact on well-being and prevent diseases such as heart disease, obesity, and hypertension.

The ideal sit/stand workstation offers intuitive functionality (which does not interrupt the workflow), cable management capabilities, an elegant aesthetic that fits easily into any office space, and a design that takes Load modern office tools and collaboration.

The commercial case for ergonomics

Ergonomics is often seen as an essential part of an occupational health and safety (OHS) program, rather than as part of an effective business strategy. In some regions, legislation associates the field of ergonomics with terms such as "compliance", "regulation" and "policy". Unfortunately, these terms do not inspire the minds of business leaders. As a result, the application of ergonomics is often seen as an "imperative" for an organization rather than a "need". And progress is slow. Rather than relying heavily on legislation to be the backbone of an ergonomics program, practitioners should instead strive to integrate ergonomics into an organization's existing business strategy. This approach will help ergonomics become a "need" for businesses and encourage organizations to make better investments in the health and well-being of their employees.

By applying ergonomics to their work environment, companies can enjoy a ripple effect of benefits. When a company takes a proactive approach to employee safety and well-being, employees notice this active position on their well-being. They report higher levels of job satisfaction and higher levels of engagement. Employees' positive response to this proven health care has a number of benefits, such as reduced turnover and better quality of work, as well as increased results, commitment, and morale. When employees are more engaged in a business, they are more productive and even show more initiative and effort in the tasks performed. Because of the increased commitment, satisfaction and productivity of employees, the company projects a better brand image, which could improve relationships within the community and have a more impactful image.