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Office Ergonomics and How It Can Increase Office Productivity

For onlookers, office works might seem like a simple job wherein an employee in corporate attire, seated on a chair behind a table makes occasional tensed faces while looking at his screen.  But for those who had been on the side making the tensed faces, office works is not that simple. Aside from the company obligations that they need to carry out, being in front of a computer for extended periods of time can lead to back problems and other mental and physical health hazards.

According to the Philippine Business Registry, there are 243,187 newly registered and renewed business names from the period of January 2016 to June 2016. This is an 8% increase compared to January 2015 to June 2015 number of 224,963. The steady climb can be attributed to the Philippines becoming quite a preferable location for off-shore offices of international corporations. With the growing local private and government offices in some of the prime locations in the country, these data show how much people can be exposed to office hazards.

Luckily, there are experts who study the efficiency of people in their working environment. Ergonomics, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is the science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely. Studies in ergonomics have lead into discoveries on how to be comfortable at work while reducing the risk of health problems and making the work more productive. The following are some basic office ergonomics that can help you out in getting comfortable on your own office table and chair:

Office Ergonomics
  • Select an office chair that can support your spinal column. Set the height of your seat in a manner that your feet lay flat on the floor or on a footrest. Your thighs should also be parallel to the floor. Your arms should be placed on the armrest; your shoulders relaxed.
  • Desk objects such as telephones, printed documents, and pens should be placed close to you to avoid overreaching.
  • If your job requires you to talk on the phone and work at the same time, it would be more advisable to use speakers or headset to eliminate the need to uncomfortably cradle the phone between your head and shoulder.
  • Make sure there is a clearance for your knees, thighs, and feet under your table. If your table is too low and can’t be adjusted, you can use study blocks or boards for elevation. On the contrary, if the table is too high and can’t be adjusted, adjust your chair and use a footrest instead. Avoid storing object under your desk.
  • Place your monitor directly in front of you and an arm’s length away. Make sure that the top of the screen is at or slightly below eye level this will prevent causing digital eye strain.

These are just simple tips, but if carried out properly, ergonomics will save you from a lot of neck, wrist, and back pain. And maybe—just maybe—that will lessen the tensed-faced employees seated on a chair behind a corporate table.

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