In the offices of today, it is a lot more than just a bank of desks with monitors and PC’s/Mac’s being installed on each. You want it to inspire! Inspire your colleagues to push that extra bit further, think that little bit harder for that spark of creativity that gives you that one fantastic idea.
When clients enter your office you want them to be impressed. You want your office environment to represent your business. You want the look of the office to nail how you choose to market your business. Want to be seen as the cool kids on the block? Get inventive with your office design. Want to be seen as the retro kids who live for the 70’s/80’s? Where are the arcade machines? It is also true that it is the people who adopt these office spaces as their own are the ones who bring the office to life. While this is most certainly true, you must make sure that your colleagues are comfortable at their work stations to increase productivity. The best way to boost productivity in your office environments is to make sure your colleagues have the space to; eat together, play together and hang out together. The happier the colleagues, the more productive you will work.
A popular concept that small firms as well as large ones such as Microsoft, Macquarie Bank & Ernst & Young is ‘hot desking’. Hot desking is simply bring your laptop and working essentials, plunk them anywhere and you are good to go. Multiple employees can, in this arrangement, use the same desk at different hours during a day.
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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 furniture is 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.
The height-adjustable 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. For more tips on optimal usage, call our technical team now or chat to us online.
There is nothing more annoying within an office for both you and your work colleagues than a squeaky office chair that makes that disruptive sound every time you move. You can fix this however, and it will only take a few minutes to do so – plus your work colleagues will be grateful for the quietness!
1. Locate where the creak is coming from
Firstly, what you need to do is to kneel down beside the office chair and then move it just as you would when you were sat on it. Listen out for the creak and try and locate where it is coming from. In our experience, the majority of the time the chair will be creaking because of the swivel mechanism around the wheelbase, the sides and the back of the chair.
2. Apply lubricant
Next, when you have located where the creak is, then you need to apply a small amount of specialised spray lubricant such as WD-40 to that part of the chair; make sure you have a cloth handy to be used to wipe away any excess lubricant and to prevent the lubricant from staining the upholstery of the office chair. Look for a lubricant which is a spray one and one which contains a fine-tip nozzle, as this makes it easier to get the spray exactly where you want it – the direct area causing the creaking.
3. Move the chair to work the lubricant
Thirdly, move the chair backwards and forth a few times in order to work the lubricant into the swivel mechanism, then leave it to sit like this for a few minutes. Test your chair to see if it is squeaking still, but hopefully it won’t be.
In the unfortunate event that you’re still lumped with a squeaky office chair, then apply another coat of lubricant to the affected area(s). If the problem still persists, then try applying the lubricant to the surrounding joins and areas to see if this works.
This should solve the problem but if not, maybe it’s time you renewed your office furniture to treat your staff both to a quieter, less frustrating workplace and an updated, comfier one.