What is Office Ergonomics?
The Greek derivation of the word "Ergonomics" come from two words:
"Ergo" = Work; "Namos" = Natural laws
Therefore, ergonomics is meant to describe the natural laws of work.
Today, there are many definitions of ergonomics that have been used by a variety of experts. Ergonomics is a branch of science that is concerned with the achievement of optimal relationships between workers and their work environment! In summary, ergonomics is about Fitting The Job To The Worker, rather than fitting the worker to the job.
How I define Office Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the relationship between your work and also the environment you in, which includes the tools and materials you normally use/handle and the tasks you perform to enhance your performance and well‐being that includes stress level, and whether your body is experiencing pain and soreness (MSD) Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries or often we see, neck pain and back pain in human musculoskeletal structure, which includes the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and structures that support limbs, neck and back.
Our ultimate goal is to avoid and prevent injuries through achieving the right position for your workstation, precisely, vision and reach.
Office Ergonomics is more than getting a new chair or keyboard tray. It requires measurement and finding the right fit and suitable furniture for the user in terms of seat height adjustment, monitor distance in terms of vision and reach, armrest height whether is fully supporting the elbow to shoulder..etc. Each person has his or her own suitable measurements which can maximize comfort and productivity.
The world has changed rapidly recently and more professionals are working from home. There is an increase percentage of people experiencing MSD and CTD (carpel tunnel syndrome) due to excessive and improper use of our technological tools such as keyboard, mouse; or constantly slouching in looking at their screens with the use or laptop. Mis-using these tools lead to poor posture; thus poor posture leads to pain and soreness. Ultimately, the most important point need to be addressed is how we use these items correctly, maximizing our efficiency and comfort, as well as finding the right tool and position for yourself.
CTD is also known for its longer name cumulative trauma disorder, or s Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMI). The term is defined as the excessive wear and tear on tendons, muscles and sensitive nerve tissue caused by continuous and repetitive, or excessive force over an extended period of time. CTDs can develop from improper work positioning, repetition or force. CTDs are associated with poor ergonomics practice. And must be addressed immediately to avoid worsening symptoms.
5 Key Benefits are the following related to Office Ergonomics:
Productivity can be increased by 10-15 percent. Studies have shown a 25 percent increase in output at computer workstations when using ergonomic furniture, while also improving employee overall well-being.
with increased comfort, errors and defects are less likely to happen.
Able to complete a task with fewer motions, as a result, the task can take lesser time and also reduce the chance of muscular fatigue.
#Improved employee morale:
Ergonomics allows businesses to spread the “I Care” message to all levels of the company.
#Reduced turnover and absenteeism:
When colleagues are more comfortable at their workstations, they are less likely to take time off from work or leave the company because of discomfort