The World of Ergonomics

Why Ergonomics Is Good For Your Health
Incorporating ergonomics in your daily routine can provide valuable results that can help you live a more productive and healthy. In modern times, stress has become an ugly, but accepted part of life whether it is on the job or at home. Long hours, jam packed schedules, insufficient rest and exercise are all contributing factors to harmful habits and lifestyles that diminish our quality of life and put our health at risk.

What is ergonomics? Ergonomics, also commonly referred to as “ergo”, is a scientific discipline that focuses on designing for optimal human performance. Ergonomic design seeks to find a safe, healthy, and productive middle ground between individuals and their environments.

Common ways to incorporate ergonomics

  • Purchase ergonomic friendly furniture such as ergonomic chairs
  • Practice proper posture techniques
  • Lay out equipment and workstations in ergonomic friendly positions

Ergonomics in business

Ergonomics can be applied in many settings, but the area where it is most commonly applied is in business.

Many companies use ergonomics in their businesses to improve the
following:

  • Safety in the workplace- More accidents happen in the workplace than anywhere else. Training workers in proper ergonomic techniques including posture, equipment placement, and stress-relieving exercises can help maintain a work environment that is safe and productive.
  • Worker productivity- Hard work is the key to success in any business, but that hard work must be done smartly. Using ergonomics can help improve worker productivity through the implementation of efficient design and work techniques.
  • Reduce stress- Stressed out employees are dangerous in the workplace. Accidents, low productivity, miscommunication, and even violence are all side effects of a stressful work environment.

Ergonomic solutions

There are many ways in which you can incorporate the use of ergonomics to improve your life.

  • Breathing and exercise techniques- Learning to breath properly, 

    stretching, and exercising are some of the simplest and fastest ways to improve health. They are also all activities that can be practiced in almost any environment with little to no costs associated with them.

  • Create an ergonomic environment- You don’t have to purchase new furniture or spend a lot of money to make your environment more ergonomic. Simply re-arranging your office furniture and supplies, living room furniture, and other items you use on a regular basis can reduce your chances of being injured or experiencing fatigue.
  • Improve your posture and positioning- Don’t slouch. Stand up tall. Don’t strain to reach things beyond your reach. Bend your knees when lifting. All of these are just a few ways that you can improve your positioning and avoid injury.

Working hands-on with a licensed ergonomist is the best way to get the ergonomic solutions you need. Seek an ergonomic assessment today.