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April 20, 2021 @ 12:00am

Ergonomic work station

Ergonomics is the science of designing the work station to fit within the capabilities and limitations of the worker. Design your office work station to fit you and allow for a comfortable working environment for maximum productivity and efficiency.

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An ergonomically correct office work station will help you avoid fatigue and discomfort. 

According to the Washington State Office Ergonomic Research, the single largest class of injury claims in the office is Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSD’s). WMSDs are soft-tissue injuries of the muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, blood vessels or spinal discs, and result from gradual exposure over a long period to low-level harmful agents called risk factors.The three primary ergonomic risk factors that cause WMSDs are awkward posture, high force or long frequency. Symptom of WMSD’s include pain in fingers, wrists, or other parts of the body; tingling or numbness, particularly in the hands or fingers; swelling, inflammation, or joint stiffness, and many more symptoms.  

Benefits of healthy office ergonomics are a safer and healthier work environment, as well as: 

  • Increased productivity 
  • Improvements in the quality of work produced 
  • Boosted morale among employees 
  • A reduction in employee turnover 
  • More focus and concentration at work 

Home or Office Ergonomics Checklist 

  1. Assess your current office ergonomics situation 
    • What type of work will be done? 
    • What type of interactions are needed throughout the day? 
    • What improvements can be made?

  2. Adjusting your monitor for healthy office ergonomics 
    • Set up a healthy viewing angle
    • Set up a healthy viewing distance 

  3. Adjusting your desk for healthy office ergonomics 
    • Ergonomically organize your keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc.
  4. Selecting an ergonomic office chair 
    • Is the cushion comfortable? 
    • Does it have arm rests? 
    • Is the height adjustable? 
    • Is the back rest adjustable? 
    • Does it have lumbar support? 
    • Can it swivel and roll? 

Correct Ergonomic Posture

Another way to combat the negative effects of extended periods of sitting is by utilizing an adjustable sit/stand desk. According to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management, standing desks are the fastest-growing employee benefit in US workplaces. Users of standing desks report reduced shoulder and back pain, less stress and fatigue, while improving mood and energy levels. Reducing sedentary time can improve physical, metabolic and even mental health. This is why sitting less and standing more is such an important lifestyle change.  

Shop Rhyme Sit-to-Stand Workstations

Shop Rhyme Ergonomic Office Furniture & Accessories

For more on setting up your workstation see:

7 Ways to Spice up Any Office Space

How to Set Up a Home Office You'll Love

Reach out to Rhyme today at 1-800-362-4333 to improve your workplace ergonomics.  

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