By definition, ergonomics is the science of designing and arranging things people use so people and things interact efficiently and safely. When you incorporate ergonomics into your office design, you improve productivity and employee morale. Ergonomic office furniture is designed with extreme attention to detail, which maximizes comfort and makes it easier for employees to carry out their jobs. It’s no secret that Humanscale is a leader in ergonomic office furniture innovation. Here are five of our favorite ergonomic Humanscale office furniture items.
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, ergonomics is “an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely.”
Ergonomics is applied to homes – light switches and appliances that are easy to reach, for example. It is applied to vehicles – most vehicle seats are equipped with easy-to-reach controls that allow individuals to easily adjust their seat up, down, back, and forward for maximum comfort and visibility. It is even applied to packaging – such as ergonomically friendly packaging to replace non-ergonomically friendly clamshell packaging. The area where ergonomics is most in demand, however, is in the workplace.
If you are a facility manager, an office designer or anyone else that participates in office furniture planning, pay attention because the benefits of switching this one piece of office furniture could save you (or your clients) in the long run.
A Gallup Poll conducted a few years ago found that fully employed adults work an average of 47 hours per week. Despite the uptick in the number of employees who work from home all or part of the time, most professionals in the United States spend a large chunk of each weekday in an office, at a desk.
If you work in an office, you probably spend a large chunk of your workday sitting at a desk, staring at a computer, making phone calls and doing paperwork. Office jobs may not seem like high-risk jobs, but experts warn otherwise. According to the Mayo Clinic, sitting for long periods of time significantly increases your risk of developing:
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease