Designing an office space means bringing together aesthetics and ergonomics. Humanscale aims to equip your space with the right tools to create a more comfortable place to work.
Before you make a decision on what to include in your space, make sure to consider the five essential items that no ergonomic work station should go without:
1. THE ERGONOMIC TASK CHAIR
The best ergonomic task chairs promote spontaneous, natural movement and easy operation.
Choose a chair that automatically adjusts and tailors to the individual user, includes a dynamic recline and that all-important lumbar support. Donѓ__t forget the armrests ѓ__ they should be connected to the chair, so that they move when you recline.
2. MONITOR ARM (OR LAPTOP HOLDER)
Monitor arms serve double-duty in the ergonomic workspace, they ensure that computer monitors are at an ideal working position for the user as well as create valuable desktop space, making smaller workstations more productive.
Some organizations find laptops more appropriate for their business, if this is the case, then laptop holders will cradle the screen into an easy-to-view position and encourage the use of an external (and wrist relieving) keyboard and mouse.
3. KEYBOARD SUPPORT
An articulating keyboard support is the bridge between the user and computer. A keyboard support with prevent wrist pain and carpal tunnel syndrome, allow the upper body to relax and maximize the function of an ergonomic task chair by allowing the sitter to be fully engaged with the lumbar support.
A keyboard support should adjust to a negative tilt, to keep wrists straight and protect them from injury
4. TASK LIGHT
An often-overlooked ergo essential, the task light provides the right amount of light needed for viewing printed documents and helps prevent glare and Computer Vision Syndrome ѓ__ a condition that causes eyestrain, headaches and blurred vision for up to 90% of computer users.
Dedicated task lights can also boost mood and productivity; they also reduce energy costs as they allow for lover levels of ambient lighting
5. AIR PURIFIER
Indoor air quality is an integral element of ergonomic workspaces. Working in a polluted environment can have a direct and significant impact on the bottom line in the form of lost productivity and healthcare expenses.
The best air cleaners eliminate pollutants, dust and other airborne contaminants, silently and breeze-free.
In addition to the above accessories, to really optimize the ergonomic experience, there are other tools to consider that will compliment a comfortable workspace
Slatwall provides a convenient system to mount your essential work tools on, making them easy and ergonomically accessible. By attaching accessories to a vertical surface, they are lifted off the desktop, creating valuable surface space and a more productive environment.
2) CPU SUPPORT
An effective CPU support ensures access to all the drives and ports from any angle. Whether the support is desk-mounted with swivel and stow features, or simply placed on wheels, this solution is convenient for users and protects essential hardware, saving IT support and costs.
Rocking footrests offer relief from long, inactive periods of sitting. By utilizing a footrest you increase circulation, relieve pressure in the legs and take strain off the lower back.
An ergonomic mouse limits the repetitive stress and compression that can lead to serious long term injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. An ergo mouse will support the entire hand and adjust to suit any user and any hand size.
5) COMPUTER ASSETS
Glare filters limit reflections and increase contrast to relieve eye strain. Some businesses may benefit from Privacy Filters, which in addition to the benefits of a glare filter, will distort screens at certain angles, to protect information from nosy onlookers.
Copy holders allow computer users to place hard copy documents at an ideal level with their monitor and keyboard to optimize performance. By better positioning documents, the risk of repetitive twisting and bending of the spine is lowered and neck back and shoulder stress is relieved.
6) CABLE MANAGEMENT
Cable clutter is not only an eyesore, but it can create stress and hazards in the workplace. Effective cable management will neatly organize and hide cords, leads and power strips, making a cleaner, controllable working environment.