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02/17/2011

The Ergonomic Office

 
An ergonomic office can yield productivity and health benefits.

A recent survey conducted by Staples Advantage, the B2B division of Staples, Inc., shows ergonomic office furniture and technology can have a significant impact on how your employees feel – and work.

86% of office workers report some discomfort from office furniture, an aspect of the workplace that isn’t always given the attention it deserves. 

According to the survey results, with a more comfortable workplace:

  • More than 1 in 3 office workers say they would be a more pleasant person to work with;
  • Nearly 1 in 2 say they would be more productive; and
  • 35% say they would feel less stressed at work.

Going ergonomic is still an uncommon topic in the workplace at large, 1 in 3 respondents had not heard of the topic discussed at work, and 70% said that their workspace was not ergonomically adjusted.

“Ergonomics shouldn’t be overlooked until it gets to the point that employees are practically avoiding their own desks,” says Jay Mutschler, senior vice president, Staples Advantage. “Easy ergonomic fine-tuning can have a positive effect in the workplace – not the least of which is keeping employees healthy and happy throughout the workday.”

What’s in a Chair?
Selecting the optimal office chair is important, but it’s also how your office team utilizes their seating:

  • Choose the right chair for tasks – Specialized job functions may necessitate specific chair designs. Consider multi-function chairs for maximum versatility.
  • One size does not fit all – When selecting a chair, consider its ability to conform to various body types. In addition, look for multiple points of adjustability (seat depth, back height, arm height, chair height and tilt tension).
  • Correct posture is key – The best seated position is not an erect 90 degrees, but rather a reclined posture of 100 to 110 degrees. Craning of the neck, tense shoulders or slouching cause strain even with an ergonomic chair.
  • Adjust chairs appropriately – For example, seat height should be adjusted so feet are firmly on the floor, and tilt tension should be adjusted for differing weights.

The Ergonomic Desk
According to the survey results, 86% of office workers do not have an ergonomic keyboard, with 69% of those workers reporting some degree of wrist strain. 

The modern office worker can spend eight or more hours a day in front of the computer, so selection and correct usage of keyboards, mice, and desktop accessories is exceedingly important.

  • Keyboards – Consider ergonomic keyboards, such as the “fixed-split” or “adjustable-split” designs that promote proper finger positioning.
  • The mouse – Keep it on the same level as the keyboard to avoid twisting or reaching. Consider mouse pads with cushions for maximum wrist support.
  • Monitors – Adjust brightness, contrast and screen resolution, and consider non-glare screens, so the display is easy on the eyes. Monitors should be at eye height and about an arm’s length away – positioned so that eyes look forward and slightly downward. Look for monitor stands that tilt and swivel for optimal ergonomic positioning.

The Staples Advantage survey highlights some common and inexpensive ergonomic methods to ensure that your office employees are getting the most out of their work environment, and facility managers and building operators stand to reap the rewards of a happier, more productive workplace.

 

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04/23/2014

A key part to curbing emissions is working with local and city officials, tenants, and other groups to help make entire communities more sustainable. BOMA International shares the following strategies for greening your facility and community.

04/21/2014

Lighting fixes target the bottom line.

04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
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