Managers in every office environment should pay attention to the latest trends in workplace ergonomics. Year after year, studies have shown that companies who optimize the human office experience can achieve more efficiency and productivity, as well as cut back on medical expenses. It’s all about changing the equation—in some cases, it’s about increasing employee mobility, and sometimes it’s more about furniture and fixtures that will adjust with each worker’s unique needs.
Adjustable-height desks, also known as sit-to-stand desks, are emerging in popularity in offices around the world. These desks have multiple benefits for many users, including pain management and eliminating long hours spent in sedentary states that promote obesity and attendant conditions like diabetes, COPD, and hypertension. In addition to these health benefits, workers also tend to need fewer breaks to rejuvenate, as changing desk heights and working positions throughout the day give them the breath of fresh air they need to continue working.
A less conventional trend in recent years has been the replacement of traditional chairs with exercise balls. While perhaps not suitable as an all-day solution for most office workers, periodic replacement of a traditional chair with an exercise ball allows for greater freedom of movement and actual light exercise, as users work and tone back and abdominal muscles. Exercise balls can promote better posture and provide a light workout on particular sets of muscles, all while the employee remains productive at the work station.
As with other aspects that drive workplace ergonomics, employees have different needs when it comes to lighting. What’s pleasing to one set of eyes is straining to others, so again, the key is adjustability. Many offices are reducing overhead lighting and giving workers more control at individual desk level, utilizing under-mount offerings, as well as adjustable lights in less-harsh LED options. Giving employees even lightly-customizable lighting options can reduce eye strain and increase productivity, as workers can put in longer hours on the task at hand.
There are, of course, many other areas where office managers can optimize ergonomics and human factors for their employees, including computer peripherals, flooring, and much more. For more information on our selection of motorized, sit-to-stand desks optimized for a variety of situations, from traditional offices to police and fire stations, visit our website at www.tablelegworld.com.