Today’s modern workplace is dominated by a growing presence of technology. Employees spend much of their time responding to emails and writing reports. and participate in web conferences, all of which require long periods of computer/laptop use. For the average worker, this has led to an increase in the number of musculoskeletal problems such as eye fatigue, lower back pain, and wrist discomfort. An increasing number of work-related problems are due to prolonged use of the computer. More and more organisations are beginning to see the connection between the malaise of the workers, the loss of time, and the cost of production. Proactive management of discomfort levels through the implementation of strategic ergonomics in the workplace is, therefore, becoming an important business strategy.
SIT/STAND- A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO WORKPLACE ERGONOMICS
For years, traditional seated desks were the high standard of the office. It was not unusual for employees to work all day while barely getting up for the lunch break. Yet, over time, research has continued to show how sedentary behavior is harmful to our long-term health. Changing sitting or standing all day is not only good for energy and productivity but also for overall health. Studies have shown that the incorporation of standing periods can burn calories, have a positive impact on well-being, and prevent diseases. The ideal sit-stand workstation offers intuitive functionality. Cable management capabilities and an elegant aesthetic that fits easily into any office space. and a design that supports modern office tools and collaboration.
THE BUSINESS CASE FOR ERGONOMICS
Ergonomics is often viewed as a required component of an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) program rather than a component of an effective business strategy. In some regions, legislation associates the field of ergonomics with terms such as ‘compliance,’ regulation, and ‘policy. Unfortunately, these terms do not inspire the minds of business leaders. As a result, the application of ergonomics is often regarded as a must for an organisation rather than a ‘want, and progress is slowed. By applying ergonomics to their work environments, companies can experience the ripple effect of the benefits. When a company takes a proactive approach to employee safety and well-being, employees take notice of this active stance on their wellness. They report higher levels of job satisfaction and show higher commitment levels. As a result of higher employee engagement, satisfaction, and productivity. The company projects an improved corporate image, which may lead to better community relationships and a more impactful brand.