The science is in, and ergonomic designs are much more than a high-tech office furniture selling point. Good ergonomic practices, which adapt the work environment to the person, are a cornerstone of employee comfort and long-term safety in the workplace.
In fact, studies conducted by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration indicate that companies with ergonomics programs actually experience higher productivity and lower employee turnover. Their employees are less likely to encounter work-related musculoskeletal disorders, which might include carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as chronic back and neck pain.
According to OSHA, there are about 1.8 million diagnoses of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (including “repetitive strain injuries”) made each year, and over one-half million of those result in time spent away from the office. By incorporating recommended ergonomic practices, workers might be kept more comfortable, and some incidents could even be prevented.
Although some engineering-driven office furniture companies – Herman Miller, Steelcase, and Knoll, perhaps most famously – have incorporated the consideration of physical ergonomics into their design practices for many decades, such forward-thinking products were often beyond the reach of companies operating on a moderate budget.
Fortunately, however, it’s now possible to obtain ergonomic office furniture at nearly any price point. Many of our quality brands offer technically sophisticated, state-of-the-art ergonomic designs without compromising on value. As far as task chairs are concerned, our favorites include the new Friant Droid, as well as the OFGO Flex series. Meanwhile, we’re pleased to offer ergonomic desk and workstation products from Cherryman, DMI, Friant, Global, and OFGO.
Finally, in order to yield the maximum benefit of ergonomic furniture and accessories, it’s crucial to properly configure them. OSHA maintains comprehensive ergonomic checklists for computer workstations and other office environments. We recommend incorporating their recommendations – as well as other industry best practices – to get the most out of your furniture. In doing so, you’ll achieve a return on investment that goes further than currency: a happier, healthier, and safer workplace.