Today’s work environment is changing, and innovative ergonomic solutions are important to remember no matter where your workspace is located.
Musculoskeletal disorders, sometimes referred to as “ergonomic injuries,” occur when the body is held at an awkward position or engaged in repetitive activities that lead to strain and overexertion.
For office managers, retail workers, and manufacturing plants, taking ergonomics into consideration can make the difference in avoiding these injuries, as well as any costly workers comp claims or unneeded downtown associated.
Here are 22 innovative ergonomic solutions to consider integrating into your work stations in 2022:
22 Innovative Ergonomic Solutions to Consider in 2022
Ergonomics are important in any workplace, from traditional office environments to the medical field or retail. With a growing number of people working from home, these considerations come into play for in-home work areas as well.
- Adjustable Furniture: As working from home has become more common, a desk job may now be a work from the couch job or even at the kitchen table. If this is the case, be sure to sit in a chair with ample back support. This helps reduce the tendency to lean forward during the workday.
- Neutral Position for Hands and Wrists: A typical recommendation is a laptop stand and the use of an external keyboard and mouse. It is also important to raise the screen to eye level, thus creating the need for these external accessories. An ergonomic monitor arm can be helpful to create a healthier work environment.
- Blue Light Filters: For those who don’t work on projects where accurate color schemes are important, the blue light filter warms the display and reduces eye strain. It is also a good idea to remember the 20/20/20 rule: after 20 minutes of work, take a break and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This helps reduce eye strain.
- Position Changes: In an office environment, it is important to avoid remaining in the same position all day. It is a good idea to set a goal to move every 30 minutes. Some options are to relocate to a different seat to complete different tasks or simply schedule breaks to allow your body to stretch and move.
- Sit-Stand Desks: A sit-stand desk provides the chance to change position during the workday, which is recommended to help reduce the chance of repetitive stress injuries. For a sit-stand desk to benefit multiple employees, use one that has the ability to set different positions to memory so a specific code returns that desk to the position. This cuts down on adjustment time and also wear and tear on the desk.
- Retractable Keyboard Arms: Organization and storage options are also important when considering ergonomics. A retractable keyboard arm not only allows the user to adjust the keyboard as necessary to reduce strain; it allows for the keyboard to be stored out of the way when not in use.
- Lighting: As mentioned with blue light filters, staring at a computer screen can lead to eye strain. This is particularly true if the office space is not properly lit and your day is spent staring at a computer screen. Proper lighting for the office is necessary for optimal ergonomics.
- Temperature: Employees who are uncomfortable tend to show it through their performance. Therefore, it is important to keep the office comfortable. The ideal temperature is 71 degrees Fahrenheit, with the range dipping to 61 and rising to 80 degrees.
- Duration of Use: Sitting in an office chair all day can lead to significant health issues. Therefore, the duration of use is an important consideration for the purchase of ergonomic accessories.
- Mouse Size: Considering the right mouse and finding one the appropriate size is a proactive approach to avoiding injury. Using a mouse that does not comfortably fit your hand impacts your performance and also increases the risk of strain on your thumb and or fingers.
- Mouse Design: Like the keyboard, the mouse design is important, as repetitive use can lead to strain. The vertical mouse is the most ergonomic option, but it loses something in accuracy. Therefore, having this mouse on hand and the curved, palm supporting version may be a good idea when you have to complete tasks that require precision from your mouse.
- Height Adjustment: Your chair should be set so that your feet comfortably touch the floor, allowing the pressure to be spread evenly through your feet and heels.
- Lumbar Support: Your office chair should have great lumbar support, in order to reduce the risk of back pain. Sitting puts three times the pressure on the discs in your lower back. The use of a cushion for lumbar support can alleviate some of that pressure.
- Bar Lift Gates: Staff at a hotel regularly move to and from staff-only areas, requiring a bar lift gate or counterbalance hinges on a countertop to reduce the strain from repeated lifting.
- Convenient and Easy to Reach Storage: This is an important element in the hospitality industry and also in offices and homes. Storage that keeps items within easy reach reduces the risk of strain for the person accessing the item.
- Storage Stackability: One way to keep things within easy reach is to provide stackable options for storage containers. This is a space-saving option as well as one that provides easy access.
- Head Support: In the event you have great lumbar support from your chair but continue to lean forward, it may be time to try a chair that also has head support.
- Reduce Unnecessary Motion: Workers who have to complete repeat motions to accomplish certain tasks and do this an excessive amount of times can have issues arise. Disorders and numbness can be the result.
- Reduce the Need for Force: Unnecessary force on a repeat basis is another issue that leads to repetitive stress injuries.
- Leave Adequate Clearance: The worker should have sufficient space for their movement to complete daily work tasks.
- Motivation: Employees who have ergonomic issues resolved feel safe and valued in the workplace. This, in turn, improves productivity. For more information on our ergonomic products check out our full catalog here.
- Work Satisfaction: Employees also provide more satisfactory work when they feel supported and that their environment has optimal ergonomics.
Innovative ergonomic solutions are a unique way to take the knowledge we have and put it to use, minimizing injury and providing a safe and comfortable work environment.
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