Humantech conducts a lot of office assessments. Sometimes, when an organization is replacing out-of-date furniture and equipment, we’re asked what to purchase. More often, we’re asked to assess an employee who has the best equipment but still experiences discomfort. Having the right stuff is just one element of an effective office ergonomics program. Here are the remaining elements:
- Provide training in equipment functionality. Plopping a $1,200 chair in front of someone and expecting him to adjust it properly rarely happens. Chairs come with numerous adjustable features, like back tilt resistance, seat pan depth, and back height adjustment, among others. If employees aren’t trained in proper setup, they can experience discomfort from working in awkward postures.
- Show them what “good” looks like. Learning how to use the knobs and levers to adjust the height of a chair only gets you so far. If an employee doesn’t know to keep the knees and hips at a 90-degree angle when seated, her chair may end up being too high or too low!
- Have a routine maintenance plan to guarantee that the equipment remains in working order. We often find that employees can’t adjust their equipment because it’s broken, and they can’t get it fixed because they don’t know whom to contact.
To learn more about implementing an office ergonomics process, visit the Ergopoint page of our website.