Modern design can no longer treat carefully-implemented office ergonomics as an option. Awareness of the many health implications suffered by people as a result of their jobs continues to rise and those companies who fail to provide adequate ergonomic care for their employees lose out in a number of ways.
Here we look at three ways in which optimised office ergonomics can improve the health of both your employees and your business.
Health & Wellbeing
Numerous studies have all shown the same thing – sitting down for too long is bad for you, particularly when the chair you’re sitting on is poorly-designed for the individual.
Back and neck pain are among the most frequent health problems reported by office employees, with stress and depression naturally following.
Contemporary office desks are designed to minimise the health risks of working in an office by personalising the experience for each user.
Adjustable flexibility is key and this ethos extends across everything from desking and chairs to dedicated task lighting. Every employee should have access to the best office furniture possible and many items have an extremely reasonable price tag attached so you don’t have to break the bank to improve the health and morale of your employees for good.
Productivity & Reputation
As employee comfort increases, productivity goes up right along with it.
This is true only up to a certain point – make the office too comfortable and you might send everyone to sleep!
Chairs should be firm and supportive, creating good posture and reducing exertion by restricting motions and extending reach.
Height-adjustable sit/stand desks are the perfect complement to ergonomic office chairs and further enhance productivity.
Happy employees are more optimistic, directly affecting the planning and execution of their work. As work improves, so too does the reputation of your company.
Legality and Liability
Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees and an extensive amount of older office furniture is really no longer fit for purpose.
As knowledge of the health problems directly caused by poor office ergonomics increases, we could very soon see the amount of employer liability cases sharply rise.
In a recent news article, we looked at the results of the most recent study into how sitting down at our office desks for extended periods of time can have hugely-negative effects on human health, including an increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
More and more organisations are taking the step towards modernity, creating dynamic, flexible and agile working environments that improve the health, happiness and productivity of their employees – sit/stand desks, now available directly from us, offer immediate benefits and are a major step forward in contemporary office design.
Throughout our history, we have maintained a sharp focus on office ergonomics and have always been among the first to supply the latest technological innovations with our extremely-discerning clients. We continue to develop and enhance our close working relationships with the very best manufacturers of office furniture and are proud to add sit/stand desks to our comprehensive collection.
The sit-stand desk is thankfully becoming a more common sight in the modern office environment as the problems caused by extended periods of sitting at a computer become more obvious and understood. We supply an eclectic range of sit/stand desks, as they are commonly known, and here we offer some tips for ensuring their optimum performance.
Recent research that revealed the many health problems caused by sitting down for too long, particularly with little other movements, caused an instant call for people to stand more. This increased focus has ironically led to some people now standing up for too long – a practice that has its own accompanying health risks such as increased risk of varicose veins and atherosclerosis. As with many things in life, balance is the key.
Users of sit/stand desks should adjust their posture approximately every 30-45 minutes and in not less than one hour. Avoid extended periods of standing or sitting. What is the best posture? The next posture
Ensure that the desk is adjusted correctly. People have a tendency to set the desk too high, forcing a posture of elevated shoulders and increasing fatigue levels and injury risk. A safe working level is at or just below the height of the elbows at 90 degrees when the shoulders are relaxed and the upper arms resting by the sides
Sit back completely, allowing your chair to support you. If you have one, position your computer keyboard to around 2” above the lap and keep the elbows close to the body as you work
If budget permits, choosing a sit/stand desk with electrical adjustment is preferable to avoid cranking by hand
Be proactive – don’t wait for discomfort or pain to strike before optimising your workstation setup. Get it right first time and avoid stress later on
Please enjoy browsing our select range of sit/stand desks – or indeed take a peek at all our office desks. For more tips on optimal usage, call our technical team now or chat to us online.
Our latest space planning and office furniture supply/installation project was recently completed, leaving specialist insurance company Integro Doodson with a contemporary workspace of superior functionality and professional aesthetic appearance. With a skilled, dedicated and forward-thinking team from DBI working on the project, everything went without a hitch and the new office is already having beneficial effects on the company’s numerous staff members.
Integro Doodson, a Manchester-based company, has been established since 1984. Since that time, a programme of constant reinvestment and optimisation has allowed it to grow and evolve – Integro Doodson now provide specialist insurance services to large corporate entities and a number of individuals, many of whom are high-profile (and highly-paid!) stars of the sport and entertainment worlds.
As an insurance group operating globally, Integro Doodson represent the UK as one of its leading independent brokers. Recent successes internationally have meant that the company’s old premises have simply become too small to comfortably accommodate the staff, which currently totals over 130 individuals. To reflect the growing prestige, importance and influence of Integro Doodson, it was obvious to decision-makers that office furniture of the very highest quality and expert space-planning services were essential to properly kit out the new, larger office facilities.
The new office furniture supplied by us to Integro Doodson included products from:
Senator Office Furniture
Senator furniture really needs no introduction – as one of the most well-recognised brands in the field and with a comprehensive portfolio of products designed to suit a multitude of applications, Senator are a force to be reckoned with. In the open-plan areas of the new Integro Doodson office, we installed Senator Freeway bench desks to improve the comfort, health and productivity of the company’s busy staff, whose many diverse roles will be ably facilitated by the innovative office desk system.
Sven Christiansen Furniture
The boardroom always calls for something extra-special in terms of furnishings and this project was no exception. Several pieces of executive office furniture, designed to bespoke specification, were supplied to create just the right atmosphere – professional, intelligent, focused – for this space, which is the very hub of the company’s operations.
The Sven Christiansen brand, often shortened familiarly to Sven, has been making waves in the furniture sector since it was established in 1974 as a cabinet maker. From this specialised beginning, the company grew and diversified quickly to become what it is now – one of the UK’s most respected manufacturers of office furniture. Hand-finished at the Sven factory in the West Midlands, products made by the company today still reflect that original dedication to fine craftsmanship.
We will keep in close contact with Integro Doodson to ensure that everything is functioning to optimum levels, providing fast and effective solutions if required due to the ever-changing needs of the company’s large staff.
Planning on refurbishing your office space to bring it in line with modern standards and reflect the quality of your business? Contact our team now and let us do all the hard work for you.
Long periods of physical inactivity can lead to an increased risk of serious illness and even premature death, warns the report, before suggesting that sit-stand desks should be used in conjunction with more traditional seated arrangements.
Several health experts conducted the research that backs up the report, which was commissioned by Public Health England in partnership with Active Working CIC. This latter organisation is an actively-campaigning group of people whose slogan and aim is to ‘Get Britain Standing’. The authors of the report calculated that the average UK resident spends around 60% of their waking time in a seated position, rising to a worrying 75% of office workers.
Popularity of sit stand desking is increasing as office furniture designers respond to the growing need for alternatives.
This is the ultimate solution, allowing its user to work comfortably from a sitting or standing position as they wish. Clamping quickly, easily and securely to any standard fixed-height work surface, the versatile QuickStand can be used for either new or existing workstations. Expertly-engineered cable management systems combine innovative function with a clean aesthetic, creating one of Humanscale’s most impressive pieces of office furniture so far.
A compact, convenient height-adjustable table that features a unique and extremely reliable counterbalance mechanism, Float is designed to make everything easier, safer and more comfortable for the user. With one hand, you can easily adjust the height to what best suits your own ergonomics before enjoying the desk and its distinct lack of obstructive, uncomfortable crossbeam.
We introduced this brand new range from market-leading Senator Group in a news article back in January. By flawlessly incorporating several disparate elements into a single sit/stand desking unit, the Chemistry collection is described as a ‘future proof solution’ to modern office design challenges. The ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to office furniture design is thrown out of the window by Senator, who choose instead to focus on making office ergonomics a personal, individual matter.
Whatever kind of office desk you want, DBI Furniture Solutions are with you all the way. We are an independent company and so have the freedom and buying power to work with all of the major modern office furniture manufacturers to deliver the perfect bespoke combination of components. Call us today to find out more about how sit stand desks can positively change the way employees work while improving their long-term health.