Ergonomics for Your Home Office
We have all become very adept at working from home and it is widely acknowledged that aside from Government guidelines around the need to continue working from home, combining it with working from the office, or hybrid working, will feature in how businesses operate in the long term.
What Exactly Is Ergonomics,
and why should you be investing time in getting it right?
For years, ergonomics in the workplace has been commonplace. Whether you have benefitted from a workspace assessment or you have altered your own workspace to ensure comfort – ergonomics and work have gone hand in hand.
In simple terms, ergonomics is the science of fitting the task to the worker. When properly applied, ergonomic assessments and implementation is vital to ensure minimal health impacts such as discomfort, fatigue, and injury. When those negative factors are removed from your workspace, you will not only improve your job performance and productivity but will ensure a more comfortable and focussed day at the office, wherever that may be.
For 36 years, our team in Bizquip have been sourcing, supplying, and recommending the optimal office furniture to our clients and ergonomic assessments have been central to this work. For many months, we have been continuing to work closely with our clients, who are individuals like yourself, helping them create an ergonomically sound environment in their home , recognising that for you, working from home can be anything from the luxurious solitude of a spare room, to a not so quiet corner elsewhere in your home.
Our aim is to ensure that you are poised to work with comfort and ease, removing any challenges or discomfort that you might be struggling to overcome.
Several factors play a role in ergonomics: body posture and movement (sitting, standing, lifting, pulling and pushing), and environmental factors (noise, lighting, temperature and humidity). A more detailed inspection will include the angle and posture of your seating position, the height of your monitor and its impact on your upper body, wrist angles as you use your keyboard & mouse and much more.
With the right combination of desk, chair, monitor arm and task lighting, there is no reason not to have the optimal work set-up in the comfort of your own home. . For those of you with school-goers, now is the perfect time to invest in addressing your ergonomic set up – now that you have a little more time to think about yourself!
Stand Out (or Stand Up) Furniture for the Home Office
One particular piece of furniture that is emerging as triumphant for home offices around the country are height adjustable or sit stand desks. In Denmark over 90% of office workers have a sit-stand desk and if a job requires someone to sit 2 or more hours each day at a desk, the Danes require that a sit-stand desk is supplied. 90% of all Danish office workers can’t be wrong! Studies support the use of a height adjustable desk for your overall health and among the key benefits, the following are repeatedly referred to:
- Reduce Back Pain
Participants in a recent study who spent an average of 66 minutes of their workday standing experienced a 54% reduction in upper back and neck pain.
- Concentration and productivity
Using the features of your height adjustable desk will also improve your ability to concentrate and boosts productivity.
- Improve Mood and Gain Energy
Sitting and increased sedentary time has been linked to an increased risk of both depression and anxiety. Another strong argument to spend some of your work day standing.
- Lower your Risk of Weight Gain and Obesity
Did you know that by standing instead of sitting, you can reduce the risk of weight gain by burning about 50 extra calories an hour
- Lower your Risk of Heart Disease
A sedentary lifestyle has been linked to a 90% increase in the risk of cardiovascular mortality and a 147% increase in the risk of cardiovascular events as compared to an active lifestyle.
Variety and Personality
Height adjustable desks or sit stand desks are available in a range of sizes and designs suitable for your home office and encompass every design from executive to minimalist. With market leading manufacturers like MDD, Actiu and Humanscale in our showroom, we really do have a solution for everyone.
The range of technology available means that your desk can include electronic, mechanical or crank lifting systems and for those of you sharing your home office, many of our height adjustable desks offer the ability to be programmed per user, altering the set up at the touch of a button depending on who is at work, thus promoting individual welfare and development.
When it comes to choosing your sit stand desk and if you feel that space is an issue, products such as Humanscale’s QuickStand Eco is the ideal solution in portable sit/stand products. This work surface is available in laptop, single or dual monitor configurations, features simple setup, portability – transforming ordinary desktops (and kitchen tables) into healthy, active workspaces.
Speak to Our Experts
Our interiors team have collated a selection of height adjustable furniture in the images below. To support you further, our ergonomic specialists are delighted to offer complimentary ergonomic advice via zoom or phone. Contact us today via telephone 01 217 8026 or email and we will guide you easily through your requirements.
PLEASE NOTE: :
We have a wide range of ergonomic furniture suitable for remote working in stock and immediately available. Delivery is free of charge throughout the Greater Dublin area and our own team of Fitters will assemble the furniture in advance of delivery, ensuring our deliveries are contactless and in line with Government guidelines.