We’ve all heard people talk about “ergonomics”, this illusive concept that your work furniture and work space should contribute to your well being, not contribute to the ever-looming deterioration of the body. Ergonomics is defined as “the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker”, as MacBride Office Furniture describes. The unfortunate truth is that not many people have achieved this over the years. When I picture the work settings of my life, I remember hunching over a desk behind dark grey fabric walls, waiting for the sunshine to return to my existence the minute I stepped outside. This was absolutely not the ideal work space, but the fortunate truth is that some very bright people have considered this and want to change the way work spaces feels. It’s no longer just about productivity, but about making the workspace work for you!
If you’re an employer reading this, you’re probably thinking that this all sounds very nice, but how can you make office furnishings comfortable while simultaneously keeping them affordable. You might even be wondering if it truly is important to make ergonomics a priority in your workspace. Let me answer that one for you- it is important! Ergonomics should matter to every employer who wishes to see an effective workspace as well as happy, sustainable employees. Ergonomics means increased office efficiency. Think the opposite of Kevin Spacey’s Office Space. Additionally, it means better health and sustainability for you employees. It’s not rocket science: when employees feel good at work, whether that’s emotional or physical well being, they perform at a higher level. Moreover, they continue to be effective and efficient workers for much longer. This cuts down on the costs of training new folks when employees burn out. More importantly it creates a more pleasant office atmosphere, where employees aren’t immediately put off by drab cubicle walls and chairs that hurt to sit in.
So, how do you find the right fit for your office? First and foremost, the ergonomics of the cubicle. MacBride is especially adept at matching businesses with the appropriate office partitions at affordable prices. As someone of unfortunately short stature, I especially like cubicles that allow for adjustable desk height. This makes my work so much easier, simply by keeping it within arms reach. Keeping office partitions in mind, adjustable height also allows you to make the most of the natural light in the workspace. Get creative! Let bright colors and varying cubicle heights keep your office feeling bright and encouraged.
It’s not just about partitions, although this has a significant impact on workplace ergonomics. Chairs and computer desks also play a huge role. Chairs should be as adjustable as possible, ensuring optimal support in the lumbar region as well as durability; people should not morph into office potatoes and neither should their chairs! Adjustable keyboard trays and proper placement of computer accessories also keeps the energy flowing in the office. Consider varying your desks among sitting and standing desks!
The bottom line? Ergonomics matters in the workplace, and the name of the game is flexibility- from office partitions to desks and chairs, make your office space work for your employees!