The Power of Office Ergonomics: Boosting Productivity the Healthy Way
At Taproot Chiropractic, we believe in the power of the human body and its ability to heal and thrive when provided with the right conditions. While many people may think of ergonomics as just another corporate buzzword, it's much more than that. Currently, 86% of Americans work behind a computer making ergonomics an essential aspect of our daily lives that impacts our health, well-being, and efficiency.
Understanding Office Ergonomics.
Office ergonomics is about designing workspaces to fit individuals—a science that aspires to create health, comfort, and minimize injury risks. Unfortunately, there's no universal solution; customization is key.
Boosting Productivity with Ergonomics.
Several peer-reviewed studies have shown a direct correlation between office ergonomics and productivity.
A study published in The International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics found that ergonomically optimized workspaces led to significant improvements in productivity. Employees reported reduced discomfort, increased job satisfaction, and improved mental concentration, which contributed to enhanced productivity.
Another study published in The Journal of Safety Research revealed that ergonomic interventions could effectively reduce musculoskeletal disorders, a leading cause of work-related disability and lost productivity.
The Basics of Office Ergonomics:
1. Lower Body: Use the 90 degree rule! While sitting, your hip, knee, and ankle joints should all be at 90 degrees. Your chair should support your lower back, and your feet should be flat on the floor.
2. Upper Body: When you sit at your desk your shoulders should be relaxed. Your elbows should be at 90 degrees and your wrists should be in a neutral position.
3. Screen Positioning: Your screen should be high enough that your gaze falls in the top ⅓ of the screen. Position your screen an arm’s length away from your body to avoid neck strain.
4. Posture: Sit up straight and avoid slouching. Don’t lean on your desk or armrest.
5. Take Breaks: Go for a walk every 30 minutes to prevent muscle stiffness and fatigue.
6. Optimize Your Workspace Layout: Keep frequently used items within easy reach to minimize repetitive movements and strain.
7. Invest in Ergonomic Accessories: Consider adjustable tools like an adjustable monitor, standing desk, ergonomic keyboard, or document holder.
6. Don’t let Pain Linger: If you’re injured, get checked by a doctor who specializes in musculoskeletal disorders like a Doctor of Chiropractic. Many studies have shown that choosing drug-free, non-invasive approaches to pain is more cost-effective, leads to less down-time, and can keep injuries from becoming chronic.
At Taproot Chiropractic, we know the power of a body in balance. Office ergonomics is not just about productivity; it's about creating a healthier, happier work environment that respects and supports our natural biomechanics. A small investment in ergonomics now can lead to significant returns in productivity, employee well-being, and overall business success. Let's invest in our health and productivity, one ergonomically designed workspace at a time.
See our expanded article in our blog with tips and recommendations for affordable ergonomic accessories at www.taprootchiropractic.com/blog.