Employee Safety: Ergonomically Friendly Workplace
For National Safety Month, our goal is to touch upon all aspects of workplace safety. One that goes unnoticed is having an ergonomically friendly work environment.
An ergonomic work environment keeps employees comfortable and less prone to injury in the long run. Here are some of the small changes you can implement in your workplace to make it more ergonomically friendly for your employees.
Encourage Employees to Move Around
Being in one spot for a prolonged amount of time is detrimental to anyone’s health. By encouraging employees to take a short break every couple hours, this will actually make them more productive. By keeping the body active, employees are able to keep their minds active as well.
Finding Natural Posture
Being aware of posture is a small, yet effective way to maintain long-term health for your employees. Sitting up straight primes you for a relaxing walk on breaks, whereas walking after sitting in a slumped position does the exact opposite, and drains you even more. Keeping your back straight and upright will be more comfortable in the long run and make you feel more rested throughout the day.
Screen, Keyboard & Mouse Placement
Keeping your screen at an appropriate level reduces the strain on your neck. If you can anchor your screen in the middle of your field of vision, you do not need to tilt your head as much and strain your neck. Having your keyboard on a level surface, such as a desk, and at a position that keeps your wrists level, will not only improve comfortability but will also reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
How do you keep your workplace ergonomically friendly? Let us know your tips as well!