Bad body mechanics are a leading cause of musculoskeletal disorders and can lead to lowered productivity in the workplace, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Approximately 33% of work-related injuries are caused by musculoskeletal disorders—the kinds of injuries that affect tendons, nerves, and muscles. Employees with injuries need time off for recovery and medical appointments, and may be unable to spend long periods of time focused on work. Fortunately the cure for potentially harmful body mechanics is an easy one.
Decrease the likelihood of injury and increase productivity with these simple steps:
- Education – Talk to one of our knowledgeable staff about how we can assess and educate your staff in proper ergonomics. The best office chair in the world won’t help if the user is unaware of his or her bad posture habits and how they can use their office chair to improve it.
- Get Moving – Encourage employees to take short breaks from sitting. Spine Health recommends standing or walking for two minutes every half hour. Encouraging staff to stand, stretch and make a quick lap around the office may result in more work being completed by the end of the day. Sit Stand Office Furniture is another good way to get employees out of their office chairs, while keeping them productive.
- Prop It Up – Ergonomic props such as lumbar back supports or footrests can relieve strain from the spine and provide more comfort, without the need to purchase all new equipment. Keep in mind that props can’t “prop up” furniture that’s past its expiration date. Purchasing a chair with proper ergonomic adjustments, including adjustable lumbar support, is a better investment than buying accessories for a chair that needs to be replaced.
- Get Personal – It does take a minor investment to ergonomically personalize each work space, but the money spent will be worth it in the long run. Let employees experiment with items like our demo ergonomic chairs, monitor arms, or adjustable keyboard trays and invest in the right equipment for each individual.
To learn more about how Rose City Office can help you increase productivity please call or use the “contact us” form on the website. One of our experienced office furniture experts will help you make the best decisions for you and your staff.