“Sitting is the new smoking” is a common refrain of the ergonomic movement. Research shows that sitting all day has adverse health effects. Sitting for extended periods of time or completing repetitive tasks can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which account for approximately 33 percent of all worker injury and illness cases.
Having a more functional and ergonomic workstation isn’t just beneficial for your back, eyes, and circulation; it also improves your overall productivity. No one wants to dive into a challenging project when their eyes are strained and legs are asleep, right?
Here are three tips and tech accessories that can promote a healthier, more comfortable, and more organized workstation for your employees.
Move your monitors. The dual monitor has become a workstation staple for IT and business professionals, who experience real productivity gains and other benefits from the extra screen real estate. But office space limitations lead to monitors haphazardly crammed onto desktops and improperly positioned in relation to the user. To optimize and protect users’ posture, ergonomics experts recommend that monitors be positioned an arm’s length away, with the top of the monitor at eye level.
Adjustable monitor stands properly position screens to encourage natural posture and avoid the aches and pains associated with sitting in a desk all day. Consider options with an adjustable, dual monitor arm to accommodate multiple screens and various user heights. The monitor arm suspends screens, clearing desk space for keyboards, phones, and other office accessories.
Straighten up. Making small adjustments throughout the day, like standing up, can have a positive impact on employee health. Employees that spend equal time sitting and standing throughout an eight-hour workday can burn 48 to 60 more calories than employees who remain seated. While standing a few hours a day isn’t a replacement for regular exercise, it can help employees maintain a healthy weight, increase blood flow in the legs, and reduce instances of MSDs. Plus, it can boost employee productivity.
Because too much standing can be just as detrimental as too much sitting, the best standing desks easily convert to a traditional desk, allowing employees to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day. You don’t have to completely replace your office furniture to reap the benefits, though. Look for options that sit on top of existing desks and transform into standing workstations with the touch of a button.
Tackle your tech. Whether you realize it or not, the laptops, monitors, keyboards, mice, cell phones, tablets, and cables that occupy your desk are constantly competing for your attention. Too much clutter can restrict your brain’s ability to focus and process information, reducing productivity and increasing stress. Bring order to workstations with docking stations that can power laptops, hook up additional monitors, charge a phone or tablet, and connect to a wired network. Make sure the dock you select contains multiple ports, so you can eliminate the need for additional USB hubs and adapters.
Also consider multi-function adapters to reduce the number of cables and connectors you need, and keep your workspace cleaner.
Here’s to a productive 2017
These changes aren’t complicated, but a little effort can reap big rewards for both your health and overall productivity. Over your career, and an entire company, those benefits add up.
Wondering where to start? Get in touch with your account executive today.
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