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December 7th, 2016

Webinar Q&A: Ergonomics for the Office of Tomorrow

We received many great questions during the Ergonomics for the Office of Tomorrow webinar yesterday. Please see our responses below.

Q: ­I have a client who needs a desk riser system to hold 3 monitors, so she can easily switch from sitting to standing.  How much do monitor arms cost?­

A: Adjustable monitor arms that hold 2 or 3 monitors vary widely in price.  The cost ranges between $200-$1,000 depending on the vendor and amount of adjustability.

Q: ­What about hot desking, collaborative workspaces, and low walls on cubicles that make standing options challenging?

A: Hot desking is something that we do at Humantech.  Many employees do not have a ‘reserved’ workspace.  All workstations are adjustable from sitting to standing. The key feature to consider is the amount of adjustability.  You need to ensure that all employees are accommodated.  Collaborative workspaces may not require adjustability because of the limited use.

Q: ­I would be interested in your recommendations for sit/stand desktops. Our company purchased a product that is not readily able to fit employees, resulting in several incidents. I’d be interested in a product comparison.­

Image courtesy of Ergotron

Image courtesy of Ergotron

A: We do not endorse specific products, though we have seen success with the following models:

Q: I usually deter users from resting elbows on arm rests during keyboard/mousing. Am I wrong in saying that? ­

A: Armrests that prevent people from getting close to the workstation are not recommended. Armrests do reduce the load on the shoulder and back.  As long as the armrests do not interfere with movement and are adjustable to allow user to achieve the comfort position they are OK to use.   A general rule of thumb is to use them when resting, not while keying.

­Q:  How do you deal with visual distraction in the open office layouts­?

A: It is important to consider different personality types.  We provide private spaces when it is important to avoid distractions.

Q: ­Do you really need an anti-fatigue mat with a sit/stand desk?  When a person becomes tired of standing, shouldn’t he just sit down?­

A: Yes, we do recommend anti-fatigue matting, it provides comfort while standing. We encourage employees to vary their posture and sit, stand, and move throughout the day.

Q: ­How do users who need medical accommodations in specific equipment handle the hotel style desk without a dedicated workspace? ­

A:  Employees with medical restrictions may not be able to hotel, and their specific workstation will have to be modified per their doctors’ recommendations.  You may be able to make the accommodation moveable.  There are employees at Humantech that do not hotel, and they have dedicated workspaces, not because of medical accommodations but out of preference.

Q: For a sit/stand workstation with a stool-height chair, do you recommend a footrest?

A: Yes, we would recommend a height adjustable footrest for employees using stool-height seating.