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3 tips for improving office ergonomics

ergonomicsThe best HCM leaders’ understand that keeping your employees engaged and productive is a constant battle, but your people’s health is just as important as everything else.  Comfort for example, is important, but sometimes overlooked at work. When an employee isn’t bothered by the position he or she is sitting in, the angle of the computer monitor or any of the other myriad potential issues with working at a desk all day, that individual may be more productive and may even protect his or her health. Bad office ergonomics can lead to more stress and increase the potential for injury, WebMD explained. The two-fold benefit of improving employees’ health and helping them become more productive at work is something that HCM professionals should consider.

Employers can spread awareness about workplace comfort in a variety of ways. Internal newsletters, posters around the office or even training sessions can all address the issue. In addition to the how, the what is also important, though – as in, what sort of information can improve office ergonomics? Luckily, there are all sorts of ways to make one’s workspace more comfortable, and many of them cost little to nothing. Typically some small adjustments are all that is necessary. Read below for advice on how to make a more comfortable work environment:

Make sure your monitor is level with your eyes
It is important that employees set their monitors at eye-level, Entrepreneur explained. Staff members can buy a stand or simply stack some books to raise their monitors to line up with their eyes. Otherwise, people will be looking down constantly, which can strain their necks and shoulders. Similarly, if the monitor is too high, looking up too often will place unnecessary pressure on employees’ necks. Advising staff to keep their monitors at the right height will help protect their necks, backs and shoulders.

Find a comfortable chair
It would probably be difficult to fit couches or bean bag chairs inside their cubicles, but there are still comfortable seating options for them to choose from. A bad office chair can be the source of distracting and unwelcome back pain, according to Entrepreneur. For this reason it is important that employees are provided with seating that prevents pain, or allowed to choose their own chairs. Everyone in the office should be using chairs that support their spines to prevent back pain.

Walk around when you can
Working straight through the eight-hour day without a single break to stretch one’s legs can be tough from a health standpoint, and can have an adverse impact on productivity. Not only can getting up to walk around offer welcome respite, it can also reduce the potential for eye strain, Entrepreneur noted. Employees should be sure to look away from the monitor every 30 minutes or so and blink often to give their eyes a break throughout the work day.

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