Prolonged sitting and staring at a computer screen can cause serious harm to a worker’s health and wellbeing. On top of this, working at an incorrect workstation set-up can worsen the situation and result in long-term health problems.
The Benefits of Ergonomics
Ergonomic workstations are a crucial part of minimising health and wellbeing risks. The most obvious benefit is that it reduces the risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders and other related injuries such as back pain. By adjusting the workstation to suit an individual’s needs, it will allow for better alignment of their body, improved posture and strengthened muscles.
Moreover, workers are damaging their health by restricting movement while working. Studies show that long sitting hours can lead to obesity, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. A rising trend in the ergonomic space are sit/stand desks which can help prevent these issues. They have become more prevalent in office spaces and are proven to reduce the risk of aches, injuries and cardiovascular disease by up to 40% (more).
The main thing workers will typically notice when applying ergonomics is that their muscles will feel less tense and more relaxed. Individual’s will also feel less stressed, anxious and uncomfortable at work. Accordingly, this will lead to higher concentration levels and overall, healthier employees.