Aug 20, 2015 2:00:51 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
Ergonomics has become a hot-button topic over the last few decades, and that means it has also been open to a lot of myths. People are oftentimes loathe to accept change and the use of office ergonomics is one change that some people have yet to accept, despite the research that suggests its importance.
One rumor or myth about ergonomics is that its study only deals with preventing major injuries not caused by normal office work. But the truth is that the standard proceeding of any desk job can lead to long term health problems and excessive sitting has become a major health concern in the United States.
While working, your posture should be added to your list of concerns, and doctors advise that you sit as close to your desk as possible while typing or doing other activities. You should also sit with your upper arms parallel to your spine and your lower arms perpendicular. This promotes a healthy posture that significantly improves circulation to your whole body. You should make sure that you have proper back support, as well, and a chair with ample lumbar support is key. The use of adjustable standing desks is also recommended, which can help with circulation in the legs, improve mood, reduce your risk of a whole host of diseases and promote greater work productivity.
Another circulating myth is that ergonomics are only a concern in the office environment. What studies have shown, however, is that the poorer the average person’s posture is at work, the worse it is at home. You probably relax much more when you’re sprawled out in your living room and generally ignoring your posture, but your posture should be one of your primary concerns even when you're relaxing in front of the television. The truth is this is an issue that exists outside of the work place, as well.
One solution that's considered to be a wise investment for overall long-term health is purchasing office or computer furniture that is ergonomically tested to promote a healthy and active working environment. A lot of office managers and owners are turned off by the option, because there's a myth that ergonomic furniture is expensive, but investing in quality ergonomic furniture for your staff can improve productivity and reduce the amount of time and money that's lost to workers' poor posture related injuries. An adjustable desk, for example, encourages workers to stand up and work at their computers for as much of the day as possible. In the long-run, quality computer furniture will save your business money.
Now that you know the truth about ergonomics, take a minute to browse the selection of standing desks and ergonomic chairs in the Biomorph collection.
Aug 6, 2015 10:14:57 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
Even if you think that the desk chair in your office is quite comfortable, sitting for long periods of time could still be causing permanent damage to your back, shoulders, and other parts of your body. Most people think that sitting in a desk chair is the most comfortable way to work, but in fact, it can be painfully uncomfortable due to ergonomic issues. Sitting too much during the work day is currently considered one of the greatest health issues in the United States because of the number of people it affects and the degree to which it can influence ones health.
What does this mean? The way you work should be reconsidered: with minor adjustments you may be able to sit comfortably all day long, avoid painful diseases, such as arthritis, and improve your mood.
If You Must Sit...
First of all, try to stand up at work as much as possible, whether that means standing at an adjustable desk or walking to the break room. Whenever you're seated, make sure that you're doing so in an ergonomic computer chair.
It's also important that, whether standing or sitting, you make sure you are maintaining a healthy posture. When sitting, you should sit as close as possible to the desk with your upper arms parallel to your spine and your lower arms perpendicular. Your hands should be resting on the work surface comfortably. You should be able to adjust your desk higher or lower until your elbows achieve an optimal 90 degrees. Your knees should also be bent at a 90 degree angle, despite the short term comfort of kicking up your heels. You should practice maintaining this posture for as long as possible, and stand up to stretch when you find yourself getting uncomfortable.
Standing is Best
It is strongly recommended that you also have an adjustable work desk, which allows you to stand up and work for at least part of the day. This allows you to not only develop a keen awareness of your posture, but there are also studies that suggest workers achieve greater efficiency when they are standing up.
Standing up also prevents ankle swelling, something that even otherwise healthy people can suffer from when they sit for long periods of time. Swelling can occur simply from sitting in a chair that is higher than optimal, and that’s why an adjustable standing desk is an attractive option. Of course, when paired with one of the best ergonomic office chairs on the market, it's an even more effective work set-up.
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Jul 16, 2015 8:49:19 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
When choosing the computer workstation furniture for their offices, not enough employers consider how their employees' posture will affect the business' bottom-line. Instead, too many business owners only think about how the furniture they buy will influence their bottom-line and, thus, look for furniture with the lowest price tags possible.
But, if more employers took the time to consider how sitting for extended periods of time kills employees' work productivity and negatively affects moods, they would realize that investing in standing desks and ergonomic chairs is a totally worthwhile business decision.
Sitting Drains Energy & Affects Productivity
A study conducted in support of the Take-a-Stand Project showed that workers feel more energetic and productive when they're not sitting at a desk all day. Poor posture can make you feel uncomfortable and sluggish, which means you will spend more time fidgeting in your chair or trying to focus than you will actually working on the task at hand. If you want to avoid that afternoon slump where everyone's productivity tanks, provide your staff with standing desks that allow them to easily change their position throughout the day.
Less Sitting Promotes a Happier Workplace
In a study out of the University of Tasmania, on the psychological impacts of sitting all day, researchers found that workplaces where employees didn't sit for longer than three hours each day had lower rates of anxiety and depression. It goes without saying that both of these bi-products of prolonged sitting can and do affect work productivity and can lead to greater numbers of sick days, too. If this is the case and all that's needed to create a happier, healthier workplace is a change in computer workstation furniture, it seems like switching to standing desks should be a fairly obvious business decision.
If you're ready to improve productivity levels and the overall mood at your workplace, take a minute to browse the selection of Biomorph standing desks. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or would like to learn more about a particular product.
Jul 7, 2015 8:47:00 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
Few people who work at desks all day haven't heard that their seated posture is killing them.
May seem like an exaggeration, but the truth is that without a standing desk and ergonomic chairs that promote healthy work postures, you are, in fact, negatively affecting your overall health. And, while most people are aware of the fact that sitting isn't good for them, few know how poor posture actually influences their health.
When you sit in an unhealthy posture for long periods of time, blood clots can form and,
if they travel to the brain,they can cause a stroke.
Believe it or not, fluid that builds in the legs while you're sitting for long periods of time can travel up to the neck at night,
when you're lying down, and exacerbate an existing sleep apnea problem.
The Heart & Lungs
Sitting for long periods of time and not getting enough exercise are often contributing factors for heart disease.
For people who have heart attacks, fluid collects in the lungs first.
This is similar to how fluid build in the legs, after sitting for long periods of time, and then travels to the neck.
An active lifestyle that doesn't include sitting for extended periods of time can help reduce the risks of hypertension and high blood pressure. Poor posture also contributes to a variety of repetitive-stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Because the enzymes that are required to burn fat lie in blood vessels that can be shut off because of prolonged sitting, there's a higher risk of obesity. Colon cancer is another serious repercussion of a sedentary lifestyle.
When you sit for long periods of time, fluid builds in the legs which, as I've noted above, can travel to other parts of the body and cause serious problems.
As you can see, spending a great deal of time sitting does, in fact, have a negative effect on the whole body. Incorporating more movement in your day, via a standing desk, and maintaining the best possible posture when you are seated, via ergonomic chairs, is the absolute best way to prevent these potentially serious health issues.
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Jun 23, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
You may already be feeling the general aches and pains of working at a computer all day, but it's important to take steps to avoid the potentially serious physical injuries that are so commonly related to poor posture and desk use. Unless you're using an adjustable desk and have sourced the best ergonomic chair for your physical and occupational needs, there's a good chance you're lacking in the good posture department.
You may start out sitting up straight, with feet firmly planted on the floor, arms bent at the elbows and resting comfortably at your sides, but as you get caught up in what you're working on, it's easy to forget about posture and, before you know it, you're slouched over your computer keyboard and your muscles, joints and productivity pay the price.
These are some of the most common posture related injuries sustained by computer users, like yourself:
Hand & Arm Repetitive Stress Injuries
Using the same muscles and tendons in your hands, arms and elbows, day in day out, can certainly take its toll. Add poor posture to repeatedly using those same parts of the body and you can wind up with stiffness, aching and even numbness. Here are some ways to alleviate the stress put on your hands and arms while working at a computer:
- don't pound on the keyboard but type as lightly as you can
- try to avoid long stretches of typing to give your hands and arms a break
- keep your computer mouse at the same height as your keyboard (and make sure your keyboard is in the best possible position for good posture)
- move the mouse using your whole arm, not just your wrist
Shoulder, Back & Neck Pain/Injury
Combine sitting for long periods of time with a less-than-ideal workstation and bad posture and you're setting yourself up for neck, back and shoulder strain. With poor posture comes poor circulation, which can cause muscles, joints and tendons to become stiff and sore.
Above all else, working at an adjustable desk with the best ergonomic chair for the task at hand is the way to minimize stress on these parts of the body. Add regular movement and stretching to a workstation that's designed to promote good posture and you will be well on your way to a healthy, more productive way of working.
Take a major step as far as your health is concerned and improve your workstation once and for all. Browse the selection of high quality office furniture from Biomorph now and find the adjustable desk and ergonomic chair that are missing from your office.
Jun 4, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
For many of us, working at a computer for several hours each day is a job requirement that's not about to change any time soon. The problem, however, with sitting for long periods of time at work and then adding to our daily sit count when we commute and watch TV in the evenings is that it takes a toll on our health.
Perhaps you've already experienced some of the negative effects of sitting, such as aches and pains in various parts of your body. Or, maybe statements made by medical researchers that include sitting is just as bad for your health as smoking are enough to have you looking for some ways to make your work habits a little healthier.
Today's post includes some healthy work habits that can be easily incorporated into your daily routine and that will not only help to minimize the effects of long-term sitting
but also improve productivity!
Re-evaluate Your Workstation
Many people would think it's a stretch to say that their computer furniture is killing them, but research shows sitting at a desk puts
people at a higher risk for a whole host of health problems, while poor posture takes its toll on your body and reduces work productivity. By simply switching to a sit stand workstation, where your desk can be easily adjusted to allow you to stand while you work for at least some of the day, you can dramatically reduce your risk and improve productivity.
Standing keeps your muscles active and your mind alert while also helping with circulation.
Break from Sitting, Wherever & Whenever Possible
Even if you own a sit stand workstation and are actively incorporating more standing time into your day, it's important for you to take regular breaks and to make a point of moving your body. Instead of emailing your co-worker whose office is down the hall, get up and walk to ask them a question.
Take a few minutes to stretch out your legs, arms, neck and shoulders. Eat lunch in a place other than your desk, and if possible, get outside whenever you can.
Watch What You Eat & Drink
Throughout the work day, drink plenty of water and avoid the sugary beverages that are full of empty calories and will only send you into an afternoon slump.
Keep healthy snacks on hand, as it's easy to overeat while you're focused on something other than what you're putting in your mouth.
Add Exercise to Your Day
While adopting movement-friendly computer furniture and moving more throughout the day will help reduce your risk of injury and other health issues, getting regular exercise is also a great way to improve your productivity.
Start your day with a brisk walk or run, attend a fitness class or head to the gym.
It's time to do something positive for your health and your work productivity! Upgrade your computer furniture to a sit stand workstation that's capable of keeping your body active and your mind sharp.
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May 21, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
In addition to an adjustable desk, choosing to buy an ergonomic office chair is one of the best decisions you can make for your health and productivity, if you're one of the many people around the world who work at a desk for several hours each day. Knowing how to choose between the ergonomic desk chairs that are available, however, may be a little less obvious. Today's post will provide some helpful pointers that are meant to simplify your search.
Why It's Important to Find the Right Ergonomic Office Chair
When you sit for extended periods of time in the wrong chair, it doesn't take long for small aches and stiffness to evolve into more serious and even permanent injuries. People who sit in poorly designed chairs instead of quality ergonomic desk chairs are more susceptible to circulation problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and the list goes on. Taking the time to find the best ergonomic chair for your specific work needs will pay off in more ways than one both now and in the future.
What to Look for in a Desk Chair
Above all else, you want a chair that allows you to adjust its various parts or components. The more you're able to customize your chair to suit your size and shape, the more comfortable and productive the workspace.
The Height of the Seat: You need to be able to plant your feet firmly on the floor, with your legs bent at a 90̊ angle at the knees.
The Depth of the Seat: When a chair is too deep, it can restrict circulation in your legs. Ideally, you want to be able to fit your fist between the back of your calf and the front edge of the seat. Some ergonomic desk chairs will allow you to adjust the seat depth by moving the backrest forward or backward.
Back Support: Back support, and specifically lumbar support, is crucial in a quality desk chair. You should look for a chair with a lumbar support that can be made to fit snuggly into the curve of your back, reducing the opportunity for you to slump forward in your seat.
Adjustable Recline: Look for a chair that will allow you to adjust the recline on the backrest so that you can shift your weight in the seat for optimal comfort.
Armrests that Move: It's important that you be able to move the armrests up or down so that no matter the height of your work surface, your arms can be kept at a 90̊ angle and the palms of your hands can rest on the work surface.
Of course, an ergonomic chair that's paired with a poorly designed desk or table will limit the effectiveness of your workstation. For the best possible work set-up, a carefully selected ergonomic chair paired with an adjustable desk is the way to go.
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May 12, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
There's a great deal of well-supported research demonstrating how health and work productivity dramatically improve when people spend less time sitting in chairs. Standing desks, like those in our line of premium, ergonomic office furniture, allow users to adjust their workstations, thereby reducing the number of hours they spend seated each day. But the key to better health and improved efficiency isn't just about standing while you work - it's about moving.
You're probably thinking that it would be nearly impossible for you to incorporate more movement into your day if you work at a computer and are expected to get anything done. In actuality, however, there are several clever ways you can not only limit the amount of time you spend sitting by converting your adjustable office desk to the standing position, but also increase the amount of moving you do, while you work.
Schedule Time with Your Adjustable Office Desk
Even those with an adjustable office desk can lose track of time and forget to adjust their desk and change their position. By simply scheduling time to stand, you can incorporate more movement into your day. Some people set alarms on their smart phones or use other helpful devices like the Wellness Switch, which reminds you when to stand and tracks the number of minutes you spend standing. This switch will even tell you how many calories you burned at the end of each day.
Move When You Stand to Work
Instead of just standing still while using your adjustable office desk (which can be just as uncomfortable as sitting for long periods of time), take the opportunity to stretch and move your legs. Knee bends, shifting your weight back and forth, swaying and even rolling your shoulders are all good ways to incorporate a little more movement while you work.
Pair Standing Desks with 'Active' Seats
Believe it or not, there are actually chairs and stools available that allow you to easily maintain movement and optimal posture while you sit at your desk. The Saddle Stool from Humanscale, for instance, keeps muscles engaged and active while you're seated. Moving from side to side at your workstation also helps to maintain circulation in your legs and keeps you alert.
If you're ready to reduce the health risks associated with the way you work and are looking to step up your productivity, start adding more movement to your work day. To begin, equip your workspace with an adjustable office desk that gets you up out of your seat and working from a more comfortable and healthful position. For information on what you'll need for a more active way to work, please call us: (888) 302-DESK.
Apr 30, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
It's in the best interest of every employer to equip their staff with comfortable office workstation furniture. Poorly designed and constructed desks and chairs create uncomfortable working environments and often lead to higher rates of repetitive stress injury and lower work productivity. If your staff can't work comfortably, their health and your bottom line suffer!
So, if you're looking to revitalize your office's working environment with new furniture, there are some things you should keep in mind. Doing so will ensure that the ergonomic desk chairs and workstations you purchase will provide you with the best possible return on your investment.
How Will the Furniture be Used?
For starters, you need to choose office workstation furniture and/or ergonomic desk chairs that are the right fit for the tasks being performed. Will the people using the workstations and chairs be working on computers and doing a great deal of typing? Will they be doing other work at their desks, as well, such as hand writing notes? Or, will the furniture be part of a specialized workstation, such as in the health care field?
The Size & Shape of Your Work Environment
People often start shopping for ergonomic desk chairs and desks or tables without giving any thought to how the furniture will fit in their work space. Before selecting furniture, be sure to measure the size of your space and to consider the layout of the new and existing furniture. You will also want to take into account the type of equipment that's used at each workstation and the type and location of light sources.
What Office Workstation Furniture Will You Need?
- Ergonomic desk chairs that allow users to adjust armrests and chair height for optimal comfort
- Adjustable desks and sit-stand desks, in particular
- Monitor arms that allow users to adjust the height and angle of the screens, unless you purchase desks with dual surfaces
- Adjustable lighting
As with most things in life, the amount of money you spend on the furniture for your workplace will undoubtedly determine your satisfaction. Inexpensive furniture, for instance, is often poorly designed and constructed from inferior materials, which leads to a less comfortable fit, fewer options for adjustability and a shorter lifespan. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of your investment; will paying slightly more in the short-term lead to greater satisfaction in the long-run?
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Apr 23, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
While many people are aware of the dangers of sitting for long periods of time or that poor work posture can lead to injuries, there are still a large number who are failing to use their office workstation furniture correctly or whose furniture is poorly coordinated. It's not enough to simply purchase ergonomic desk chairs or adjustable desks for your staff and to expect a dramatic improvement in work productivity and a decrease in the number of repetitive stress injuries. For optimal health and productivity, all of the various components of a workstation must be used as they were intended, synchronized, and working together to provide the best possible fit.
Coordinate Your Workstation
To begin, quality ergonomic desk chairs and workstations are a must if you wish to reduce the risk of negative health effects and poor productivity. In particular, studies have shown that reducing the amount of time you spend sitting each day is of particular importance and that an adjustable, sit-stand desk can dramatically improve comfort and efficiency on all fronts.
Now the key is to use your office workstation furniture as it was intended:
A Few Points About Posture:
- Your upper arms should be parallel to your spine, elbows at a 90̊ angle and hands should be able to rest comfortably on the top of your workstation. Adjust the chair's armrests to reduce strain on your neck and shoulders.
- Minimize reaching by sitting as close to your desk as possible
- Legs should be bent at a 90̊ angle, as well
- Shift your body to the back of the chair, as sitting on the chair's edge will lead to slouching
The Height and Depth of Ergonomic Desk Chairs:
- To minimize swelling in the legs, ankles and feet, adjust your chair so that your feet can be firmly planted on the ground. If this isn't possible, use a stool to bring feet and legs into the proper position - avoid leaving legs and feet to hang.
- For good circulation, you should be able to fit your fist between the back of your calf and the front of the seat's edge. If you can't, it's likely that your desk chair is too deep.
Computer Monitor Height:
- When looking straight ahead, your eyes should focus on the center of your computer screen. A dual-surfaced desk that allows you to adjust the height of your monitor(s) is ideal. If your desk isn't equipped with this feature, however, consider using a monitor arm that allows you to quickly and easily adjust the height of your screen.
This is really just the beginning in terms of how your office workstation furniture can be put to work to ensure the best possible fit for people of all shapes and sizes. Of course, the quality and design of your office furniture will play a large role in determining its effectiveness, but knowing how to select and use your furniture for optimal health and productivity is also of the utmost importance.
For help designing the workstation that's best for you or your staff, please call us: (888) 302-DESK.