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.