“Back to School” season is upon us and if you aren’t in school, nor do you have school-aged children, this time of year can seem rather mundane. However, the beginning of fall is the perfect time to do an audit of your workspace and make sure you are stocking essential ergonomic comforts. What should you be looking for? The following five items are essentials for protecting your health at work, boosting your productivity and focus, in addition to keeping your body working properly.
5 Office Ergonomics Essentials
- A Comfortable Desk Chair
While you are sitting at work you may feel motionless, but you are using almost every muscle, from your spine to your neck to your legs. Your desk chair should gently cradle your body and provide adequate back support to keep your body healthy. Check out our great options here.
- An Ergonomic Computer Mouse and Keyboard
It may seem like a small thing, but investing in your own ergonomic mouse or supplying your employees with more comfortable model can increase the health and happiness in your office. At the very least, make sure you aren’t just getting by with the built-in trackpad on your laptop; doing this can cause all kinds of damage to your wrists and fingers! Remember that one size doesn’t necessarily fit all, so try out several options before committing.
To go along with an ergonomic computer mouse, you’ll want a comfortable keyboard and keyboard tray. If your workstation had a heart, a well-supported keyboard would be it. You want one that will allow you to type and use your computer while sitting in a healthy position. The Banana Board is one of our most popular options and can be used with both straight and corner workspace designs; stop by our showroom today and test it out!
- A Monitor Mount
It’s important to keep your computer screen at eye level to avoid bending your neck and placing unnecessary strain your back; monitor mounts are a great adjustable option that are essential in every workplace.
- An Adjustable Sit-To-Stand Desk
Standing desks are a core ergonomic office essential because they provide several major benefits, including:
- Improved productivity
- Increased life expectancy
- Boosted brain power
- Heightened focus
- Enhanced creativity and innovation
Transitioning to a full standing desk is a process, and it isn’t realistic to assume you will be able to stand all day with ease on the first time you try. In the beginning, you’ll likely experience leg cramping and foot pain as you get used to being upright for hours. That’s why an adjustable sit-to-stand desk may be the best option.
- A Bright Personal Task Light
Proper lighting is an often overlooked ergonomic concern in many modern workplaces. While long overhead fluorescent lighting may be cost effective, it can harm employees’ ability to focus and suck their energy. Instead make sure each desk has a personal task light that can be adjusted to the necessary height, offers multiple brightness settings.
Also, another simple (and free!) way to boost productivity and improve workplace health is to offer as much natural lighting as possible. Place desks near windows or allow employees to get up and work near a window if they so desire.
To learn more about ergonomic office essentials, contact us today!