A large topic in the office furniture industry is the focus on ergonomics; but what is ergonomics and how does it affect your company?
According to the Collins Dictionary, ergonomics is “the study of how equipment and furniture can be arranged so that people can do work or other activities more efficiently and comfortably.”
Therefore, ergonomics is not just evaluating people in relation to their work environment for productivity, but ergonomics also equals safety. How can companies create spaces that accommodate to both high work performance and employee safety?
When thinking of a desk job, there appears to be little concern over safety. However, simply working in awkward body positions and slouching is just one easy way that employees can risk injury.
Sitting in these positions intermittently isn’t the problem, but repetition and consistency, in this case, is dangerous. The best way to avoid injury is to move and change positions throughout the workday.
When we design with an intentional ergonomics focus, we can reduce discomfort, fatigue, and injuries. Examples of these products include ergonomic chairs, split keyboards, and height adjustable desks.
Is it Worth the Cost?
When comparing a standard desk to a height adjustable table, you may find yourself asking if it is worth the cost.
It is important to recognize that healthy employees are a valuable asset.
First, when employees are healthy, comfortable, and actively engaged, they will work more efficiently. If a day is beginning to feel long, an employee can choose to stand and change positions to stay awake and engaged in their work. Additionally, pain can distract from work, but if employees can move between standing and sitting, they can stay focused on the task at hand.
Second, health costs for injuries are ultimately going to cost more than preventing the damage initially. Whether it is paying for worker’s compensation or simply having an employee out of the office because of the injury, these alternatives will cost the company more than the preventative measures.
Third, and potentially most important, investing in your employee’s health and happiness is important to showing them that you care about each individual as a person. Company culture is becoming increasingly important, and people want to know they are cared for and are valued.
Ultimately, however, ergonomics needs to be a focus across all work-spaces, even in home offices. With the recent boost in people working remotely, it is important that people take notice to the positions they work in and take active steps to increase the functionality of their personal spaces, too.
OMT-Veyhl Has Solutions
OMT-Veyhl has a variety of adjustable height table bases so you can meet ergonomic standards without losing the design.
The Clever table, for example, creates a healthier work environment with the option to sit or stand throughout the day. This customizable table can support benching for multiple workstations or can be used as a stand-alone solution.
Compared to working with globalized supply chain partners, at OMT-Veyhl your prototype can be ready in as little as a week after design submission. We’re a fully integrated supply chain partner providing just-in-time manufacturing, packaging, shipping, and fulfillment to your factory, distribution center, or drop shipping to your end customer.
With a Certified Ergonomist on staff in our R&D department, you can guarantee that products with the “Ergonomist Approved” indicator on the website and corresponding spec sheets meet ergonomic guidelines.
Give us a call for more information on adjustable height tables and ergonomic office furniture. You might be surprised just how empowering working with OMT-Veyhl can be.