Want to feel better at work? With an increase of time spent working at the computer comes an increase of related discomfort and injuries in the office environment. But understanding the real source of the discomfort and fixing it can be tricky. Here are 5 common myths about ergonomics in the office:
1. The problem has to be my chair.
Ask a facilities manager or HR professional – disgruntled employees complaining of discomfort at work often show up with doctors’ notes prescribing ergonomic office chairs as the solution.
But here’s the problem – if the doctor didn’t see the chair and watch the person use it, then the doctor doesn’t really know if the problem is the chair or something else. The fact is, there are many things that could be wrong in a workspace besides the chair. It could be the desk is too high, or the monitors are in the wrong place. There is so much more that must be considered, if you want a healthy work area.
2. Keyboard trays are annoying.
Keyboard trays have come a long way, but many people remember the old, clunky keyboard trays that were frustrating to use and difficult to adjust. Thanks to streamlined, innovative new designs, keyboard trays are now considered by experts to be one of the easiest and best ways to ensure you can use your desk with the best possible posture.
3. Standing at your desk is bad for you.
Sit-to-stand desks are all the rage, but there is a lot of conflicting information out there about whether they are safe and effective. And it is true – standing all day puts undue strain on your body and can cause more harm than good. But that doesn’t mean you should throw that standing desk out the window. The key to optimizing your health and wellness in the workplace is regularly changing positions throughout the day from sitting to standing to leaning to walking and back again. When used properly, a sit-to-stand desk could be a great option for you!
4. Sitting at your desk is bad for you.
See above. Movement is key. Making sure the tools in your workstation have been properly adjusted so you can use them safely is also important.
5. Ergonomic furniture is expensive.
It can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. Make sure you choose an office furniture dealership with experts who can help you determine the best products for you and work within your budget.
One of the easiest ways to create an ergonomically-friendly space that supports you as you work is to have a consultation with a certified ergonomic evaluator who can help you make changes to your work area.
Check out our Benjamin Roberts ergonomics consultation program, HERE.
Here’s to feeling better at work!