Author: Jeff McDougall
The benefits of an ergonomically designed office are far too many to ignore. The use of ergonomic furniture setup in an organization has immense advantages from the management perspective as well as from the employees. One cannot but discount that the comfort levels of the employees is very significant to an organization whose business involves long durations at desk jobs.
The usage of ergonomic furniture clearly indicate that the employer is concerned about the health of employees, especially if the work involved, involves a number of hours of sitting viz., software development jobs, desk jobs etc., There would be a definite sense of comfort and satisfaction from the use of these furniture.
Employees are ensured comfort and ease of posture at their work seat. The usual back pain and strain of a normally designed unscientific chair is all to glaring to ignore when unscientific chairs are used. The health of the employees is as important since every one of them is indispensable to any organization. The usage of ergonomically designed furniture will translate into better productivity, lesser fatigue or stress levels and all around good health of the employees - a must for every organization.
For a desk job that involves longs hours at workplace, workplace comfort is of utmost importance. An organization cannot be too casual in discounting the importance of providing an ergonomically designed workplace furniture in order to mitigate the risk of the employees dispensation owing to health related problem significantly back, neck and spinal problems.
Having said this, one would unanimously agree that the office chair, the smallest of office furniture is the most important piece of furniture which is otherwise not ergonomically designed could compound employee health related issues. Ergonomically designed office chairs are but indispensable in ensuring employee comfort and satisfaction. The problem related to unscientific designed chairs like back aches, stiff necks, lower back pain can to a large extent be avoided by using ergonomic chairs.
Ergonomic chairs though they may seem to cost a little more in comparison to the unscientifically designed chairs, are built keeping in mind the curvature of the spinal cord and to ensure there is no undue stress on any part of the body. Moreover, these chairs are more durable and usually outlive the ordinary chairs.
Employees can use these chairs for much longer durations without feeling the pressures of sitting for long hours. There are many advantages to making an investment in ergonomic furniture. Employee fatigue is reduced considerably; they are able to put in more productive hours as a result leading to higher productivity man hours. The better quality of the furniture reduces the wear and tear leading to longer life spans and lesser maintenance costs. Employee absenteeism owing back, neck and spinal related problem can no longer be the only reason for taking sick leave.
Chairs apart, there are the other ergonomic furniture that lead to overall comfort at working. The table if ergonomically designed, takes specific note of the distance between the chair, the user and the computer. This goes a long way in ensuring stress free typing and reduces the pressure from shoulders and elbows leading thereby decreasing muscle fatigue.
All said I done, it is only a win-win situation for any individual or organization by the use of ergonomically designed furniture. Every organization should necessarily work to bringing about an ergonomically designed office that undoubtedly is advantageous in the long run.