Resources to help assess the workplace environment, explain the benefits of office ergonomics and the health risks of Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI).
Improving our health involves eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep and minimizing stress. Unfortunately, our daily work routine often prevents us from getting the health benefits of regular movement. We spend most of our waking hours sitting, this includes commuting, company meetings, working at our computer, and watching TV.
A big part of the solution to all this sitting, is installing height-adjustable desks (also known as standing or sit/stand desks). A fixed standing desk can be just as detrimental as a traditional sitting desk. Adjustable height desks encourage movement by allowing users to freely switch from a sitting position to a standing position regularly during the day.
There is significant research confirming the benefits of sit stand desks and regular movement during the work day. Workrite Ergonomics, in partnership with Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. (FLA) and Sony Picture Entertainment (SPE), found positive benefits from a workplace ergonomics and office equipment. The study was designed to measure the health benefits and workplace effects when adjustable height sit stand work surfaces were introduced into a typical corporate office environment. Among the study findings, participants reported:
Before and After Installation Photos – Pictures of sit stand desks and other ergonomic furniture installed in client’s offices.
Workrave App – Simple program that reminds you to take breaks during the work day. It also provides exercises you can do at your desk and useful metrics to track your progress.
Rise and Recharge App – Smart phone app helps reduce sitting time and encourage regular movement.
Office Ergonomics Research – Current ergonomics research and scientific articles validating the benefits of movement, sitting and standing in the work place.
Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) – Learn how good posture and ergonomics can prevent damage to muscles, tendons and nerves from repetitive motions.
Workspace Ergonomic Assessment Tool – Find areas for ergonomic improvement before they cause problems. This interactive questionnaire evaluates the basic layout of a seated computer workstation.
Work Space Planning Tool – Helps you place your equipment to establish a Neutral Posture, the basis of a comfortable computing workstation.
Ergonomic Office Furniture Tips – Neutral Posture + Voluntary Motion + Rest Time = The simple ergonomic equation.