THE SUSTAINABLE EFFECT OF GOOD ERGONOMICS
This is why you should invest in ergonomics
Ergonomic solutions mean you feel more alert and creative, and contribute to less poor health and less sick leave.
An inspiring and healthy workplace strengthens the operations’ brand. It makes it easier to keep and attract new talent.
An example where good ergonomics is decisive for success is with an activity-based office (Kinnarps Next Office – ABW). If you feel at home, can easily customise the workplaces and decide for yourself when you want to be sociable or concentrate on individual work, well-being and productivity increase.
5 simple steps to sustainable ergonomics
1. ENCOURAGE MOVEMENT
The body is made for movement, exertion and variation. A study by Texas A&M Health shows that productivity can increase by 46% if we have the opportunity to alternate between standing and sitting. Electrically height-adjustable desks reduce the risk of problems with heart and vascular disorders, and are good for the back, shoulders and neck.
2. ASK FOR PRODUCTS THAT ARE EASY TO HANDLE
The furniture, for example desks and task chairs, should be easy to handle and adjust – otherwise there is a risk that they are not used, and the positive effect is lost. This is especially important in activity-based offices without fixed workplaces.
3. CHOOSE TASK CHAIRS WHICH FOLLOW THE BODY
Everyone has a variety of sitting positions, and frequent changes of position are good for the body. Choose a task chair that follows your body and adjusts to your individual fit. It should be possible to set the height, the seat depth and angle, the backrest, headrest and the level of resistance of the tilt.
4. CHECK THE NOISE LEVEL!
Plan for acoustic solutions and ’quiet’ rooms. According to the survey company Leesan, 70% of office workers who were asked thought that the noise level was the most annoying thing about their jobs. It takes its toll in time and energy. For example, the British Council of Offices has calculated that better acoustics would improve the productivity of British companies by two per cent.
5. PLAN THE LIGHTING
Light that makes things easy for the faculty of vision and does not dazzle is important to enable us to work. The right kind of light, in the right quantity, can also make you more alert by stimulating cortisol production. Ask a lighting professional for a proper light planning and if possible, choose user-adjustable light fittings.