You don't have to settle for discomfort in the workplace. All to often, we get set in our ways when comfort remedies are right around the corner. In today's post, we'll provide you with the ergonomic tips and product suggestions needed to operate at peak performance levels in the workplace. Enjoy!
1.) Use The Right Office Chair
Office comfort starts with the chair! If you're settling for a seating solution that lacks the ergonomic benefits needed support you properly while working, it's time to make a change. Brands like Cherryman Industries and Eurotech Seating have introduced cost effective ergonomic chairs that will have you sitting pretty without breaking the budget. The Ambarella chair from Cherryman Industries costs just over two hundred bucks and comes standard with adjustable T shaped arms, a natural lumbar support, and built in guide for personal comfort. Take the time to consult with ergonomic professionals to determine what type of chair will work best for your personal needs. Analyze your areas of discomfort in the workplace and start knocking them off one by one!
2.) Focus On Posture
To end your year in comfort, you'll need to focus on good posture. Start making the changes you need from the ground up. Don't use the base of your office chair as a foot rest. Don't sit with your legs crossed and extended out in front of you. Instead, keep your feet planted flat and facing forward. You'll also want to avoid hunching over to type. This common practice causes fatigue and muscle stiffness that really work against you! Be sure to keep you back in contact with the chair at all times when working to ensure you're properly supported and posture perfect. You'll also want to raise your computer screen to eye level. Don't look down to type! Simple posture tips like these will go a long way towards improve your overall comfort in the workplace. When all else fails, make a list of tips you can put around your workstation as reminders. Studies have shown that this practice yields major posture improvements.
3.) Take Short Breaks
When you feel fatigue kicking in, don't be afraid to take a short break. Sitting for long periods of time can actually shorten your lifespan. This means, you'll want to get up from your office chair about once every hour. Walk around, stretch out your muscles, and get the blood flowing. When you sit back down, you'll be operating at more productive levels. During those long days at the office, taking breaks may seem like the last thing on your mind. That being said, you'll need to commit to at least one 10 minute break per hour to be at your best. Don't rush through your day in discomfort. Take breaks even when you don't think you need them. In the long run, you'll be glad you did!
4.) Improve Blood Flow
Continuous movement in the workplace is always a good thing! Movement means improved blood flow, and improved blood flow means reduced fatigue and muscle soreness. This year, sit to stand products have been the preferred choice for individuals looking to take action in the fight against discomfort. Brands like Global Total Office have released amazing adjustable height desks and tables that should be highly considered by any worker looking to reduce the risks of extended sits and poor blood flow. You can also select an office chair with a waterfall seat edge. This simple seating upgrade is rapidly becoming the industry standard. Waterfall seat edges relieve knee pressure and improve blood flow while you sit and work naturally without the need for adjusting.
5.) Accessorize Your Workspace
A great office chair and good posture tips will go a long way, but if you really want to end the year in comfort, you'll need to accessorize your workspace. The addition of a dual screen monitor arm will improve the rate at which you compute. You'll reduce eye strain while simultaneously increasing the amount of usable space on your desk. An articulating keyboard tray will help you compute at comfortable, correct angles while also increasing desk space. Tired of those trips under the desk to plug in devices, route wires, and turn your computer on? Upgrade to an under-mount CPU holder from a brand like Symmtery Office. You'll get your computer power source up off the ground and out of the way when not needed. This means, no more banging knees when you move in your chair! There's really no end to the awesome ergonomic accessories available on the market. Take your time to select the products that will work best for you and your workday.