Ergonomics. You hear that word a lot, but what does it mean, exactly?
Ergonomics, simply put, is the science of designing workspaces to fit with the worker. If that doesn’t clear it up, the whole point of it is to make sure that your office workstations are comfortable, whilst allowing for as much productivity and efficiency as possible. Ergonomically designed spaces are both comfortable to work in, whilst allowing for professional motivation, and who doesn’t like that?
Regardless of whether you’re a professional, an employee or simply a user who wants to avoid strain injuries, going for ergonomic correctness will help a lot, not only in reducing injuries and keeping you healthy, but also keep stress to a minimum.
Of course, it’s not just about design, but practice. The most ergonomic office workstations can’t help you if you don’t actually adhere to ergonomic practices. To that end, here are some ergonomic tips in order to avoid fatigue.
- It’s all in the arms.
- Ensure that your arms are supported by something, as their weight will put strain on the neck and shoulders. If the weight of the arms are left to strain those areas, you’ll be regretting it something fierce at the end of the day.
- Use your head.
- Don’t keep your head’s center of mass away from the neck, it’s base of support. That puts strain on your head and neck, and, well, same idea for the above point. Stiff neck, anyone?
- Slouching is bad.
- Slouching is a common malpractice, and a bad one at that, since it affects your spinal cord and your back. Specifically, it puts extra pressure on the vertebrae, leading to back pain, at the very least. Move the chair as close to the workstation as possible, and avoid leaning and/or reaching.
- Is my phone ringing?
- Talking on the phone with the thing jammed between the neck, held by the head, near the ear is a common practice, for people whose hands are preoccupied with something else. Yeah, as anyone with a neck will tell you it’s uncomfortable for more than 5 minutes. It’s bad practice, so please, stop doing it. Seriously.