Maintaining staff morale and productivity, while also working to bring some stability to operations, has been a significant challenge for businesses since the pandemic started. With employees across the country either working from home or in a heavily modified office environment, many employers are looking at ways to ensure staff productivity does not suffer. The strategic use of office ergonomics is a successful method for addressing this issue, as an ergonomically friendly work environment is conducive to safety, productivity, and overall employee wellbeing. By providing staff with comfortable, accessible ergonomic furniture and accessories they will be in the best position to fully focus on their work duties, as ergonomically appropriate equipment helps people feel relaxed and at ease. This article will discuss how businesses can effectively utilise office ergonomic strategies to achieve their larger operational goals.
An ergonomic workstation promotes productivity and wellbeing
One of the key challenges businesses have been facing over the past 18 months is helping staff feel motivated and supported in an unstable work environment. Employers can work at addressing this issue by providing their staff with a suitable ergonomic workstation. An effective ergonomic workstation helps staff maintain productivity, by providing them with a range of ergonomic office equipment that suits their individual wellbeing needs. From height adjustable chairs and electric height adjustable desks that can be adjusted to suit the spatial needs of individuals, to wrist and forearm pads to support a comfortable typing position, to desk space saving accessories such as monitor stands, an appropriate ergonomic workstation helps staff feel comfortable and at ease throughout their workday.
Ergonomic workstations are easy to install, and a simple, cost-effective solution to providing staff with a sense of comfort and composure. Further, they can easily be installed at either a home office or onsite environment, meaning that staff that work from home will be able to do so in a similar manner to their onsite working conditions, helping them to maintain a sense of normality in this unstable work environment.
Office ergonomics helps companies demonstrate a commitment to safety
For businesses that still have staff work onsite, it is crucial for them to demonstrate to their employees that they can work in a safe, socially distanced work environment. Employees may be concerned about maintaining social distancing and personal space, and through effective office ergonomics businesses can successfully address this concern.
To start with, by installing a range of office dividers and desk dividers across their workspace, companies are working at physically and aesthetically dividing the work environment into different sections. This helps staff feel at ease, as the portable dividers act as a barrier between various sections, providing employees with a sense of privacy and personal space. Further, by installing acoustic dividers and acoustic partitions across your workspace your business is developing effective noise control and mitigation practices. This helps staff work without distractions, and fully focus on their work duties.
So, ergonomic dividers and partitions help contribute to a happier, more productive work environment by minimising potentially stressful factors. This can make a world of difference to staff, and demonstrates that the business is a caring, supportive employer.
Ergonomic accessories increase comfort and minimise risk of injury
Staff that must work behind their desk for hours on end as part of their workday would know all too well the importance of working in a comfortable, correct seating position. Ergonomic risks such as an incorrectly positioned monitor, a mouse that slips, or staff having to frequently lean forward or back, putting themselves at risk of back and wrist strain, are all common ergonomic risks that must be addressed.
By providing staff with a range of appropriate ergonomic accessories they will be able to successfully mitigate these risk factors and maintain their productivity and wellbeing. For example, by providing employees with forearm or wrist supports, staff will reduce their risk of wrist strain, and be able to type comfortably in a neutral position for long periods.
Further, businesses can ensure that staff monitors comfortably align with their eyeline by providing them with a monitor stand which elevates their desktop monitor. This not only ensures that it comfortably aligns with their sight, but it also creates additional desk space for them in the process.
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In short, through strategic, effective utilisation of office ergonomic strategies, businesses are providing their staff with safe, comfortable workstations, in which they can work to the best of their ability. An effective ergonomic workstation helps companies easily achieve the scope of business goals outlined above, in a cost-effective manner.
However, it is crucial to recognise that the ergonomic requirements of one business will differ from another due to a range of factors, including its industry, size, duties undertaken, and so on. That is why it is recommended businesses speak to an ergonomic specialist, to determine how they can get the most benefit out of office ergonomics.
To get started on this process, please contact our ergonomic specialists today by email at email@example.com or by phone on 1300 802 163, for a short, obligation-free consultation. All you need to do is tell them about your operations, and they can discuss with you how your business can get the maximum benefit out of office ergonomics and ensure staff wellbeing and productivity is maintained. Wouldn’t you agree that sounds like something worth knowing more about?
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