Ergonomic office workstations ensure a much better work posture. The aim to keep the back straight, the eye-level on the top of the monitor, the hands resting on the keyboard without having to reach up and the feet planted firmly on the ground without having to bend too much. Standing workstations are able to offer even more positive impacts on health in return.
When it comes to choosing a workstation, making the best use of the amount and shape of space you have is likely to be your first concern. Cost-effectiveness may be your second. However, ergonomics is fast rising on the list of priorities.
Beyond feeling much more comfortable, ergonomic office workstations have real benefits to offer when it comes to the health of the team as well. Here are a few of the healthy reasons to consider making the switch.
Fewer aches and pains mean a better workday
Simply put, comfort makes a big difference through the workday. The longer we spend in one position, the more our muscles are likely to ache throughout the day. This effect is even worse if we’re spending all that time in an uncomfortable position.
Ergonomic office workstations ensure that you don’t have to tilt your head to look at the screen, bend your legs too much to sit or raise your hands to be able to reach the keyboard. Height adjustable workstations mean that you can configure the setup of the workstation to match the height of the employee, meaning that no-one is left at risk of the aches and pains that can become a distraction through the working day. This means a better mood and increased productivity but also plays directly into reducing the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.
Lowers the risk of musculoskeletal disorders
Some injuries go hand in hand with poor posture and uncomfortable working positions. If you have worked in an office for long enough, then you may be well acquainted with back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, and repetitive strain injury. These are collectively known as work-related MSDs (short musculoskeletal injuries) and are highly linked to poor ergonomics. Doing repetitive work with your wrists bent, such as typing on a keyboard on a low-quality workstation, can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Work-related MSDs are amongst the most common of all work injuries, making up for more than a third of them. The average employee suffering from a work-related MSD spends between 12 to 14 days off a year and if it gets bad enough, that pain can stick with them for life.
Reduces the risk of injuries
There are all kinds of workplace injuries and many of them are related to the strenuous or sudden activity. Simply put, sitting down in an awkward position all day means that all your muscles are resting throughout the day. Beyond good ergonomics, investing in a sit-stand desk that can freely switch from a standing mode to a sitting, and vice versa offers even more health benefits.
Not only does it contribute directly to all of the benefits above, but when you stand, your body is experiencing roughly 2.5 times the muscle activity as you would if sitting in an awkward position. That means when it comes time to list a box, push a trolley, or make a dash for the door at the end of the day, there’s less a chance of pulled muscles and sprains.
Fights the effects of stress
Ergonomic office workstations aren’t just good for your body, they’re good for your mind as well. The aforementioned aches and pains directly relate to mental stress. Physical and mental stress have a cyclical relationship on top of that. When we’re uncomfortable, we’re unhappy. That stress releases cortisol which, among other things, causes our body to tense up, which only increases that physical discomfort.
Stress can impact us in a range of other ways, leading to risks of anxiety, chronic pain, sleep deprivation and weight gain, amongst other things. An ergonomic workstation can help ease that discomfort. However, a little physical activity is even better. For instance, studies done on standing desks has shown that it can greatly improve mood and comfort. Simply stretching, walking, or lightly exercising for 5-10 minutes every couple of hours can reduce stress, as well. Not only is this better for our health, but makes us more motivated, energetic, productive, and creative at our work.
Standing workstations can reduce the impact of sitting sickness
Out of the range of ergonomic office workstations we have, our standing workstations are fast growing in popularity. They can improve all of the benefits mentioned above, but they can also play a key role in our long-term health.
“Sitting sickness” is a general term used to describe the various long-term risks of a sedentary life, where most of the day is spent sitting. For one, it increases our chances of gaining weight and becoming obese. It’s also linked to chronic diseases that this weight gain may contribute to. Namely, those who spend several hours a day sitting are at a greater risk of heart disease and type-2 diabetes. A standing desk could help reduce that risk.
Make an investment in the health of your team with ergonomic office workstations
From decreasing the likelihood of injuries in the workplace to combatting both chronic illness and musculoskeletal disorders, there’s a lot that ergonomic office workstations can do to improve the health of the office.
Besides feeling much better and less prone to aches, your team will appreciate a boss that cares enough about their wellbeing to invest in it. Not only can the reduce sick days and injuries result in less money lost through absenteeism and workers comp, but it can also net you savings through the improved productivity that comes as a result of better morale in the workplace.
If you’re looking for ergonomic workstations in Sydney, then start by taking a look at our products. We have a range of ergonomic furniture that can help you give your team’s health the investment it needs.