Good Ergonomics in the Workplace
Some employees can spend most of their day simply seated in front of their computer in an office chair completing the daily tasks. Knowing how to properly position your executive office chair can lead to better productivity in the workplace and of course, a much happier you and hopefully a much happier boss. Ergonomics and good positioning of your executive or task seat can prevent fatique and discomfort as well as promote circulation and good body health.
Proper Lumbar Support, preferably with adjustment features for postioning, is important to your spine. Most task or executive office chairs come with some sort of lumbar support. To be truly ergonomic, you need to have an adjustment feature on this support mechanism in order to position it to your spine. When properly used a good lumbar support can ensure that your spine and pelvis get exceptional, continuous support.
The slightly reclined position is always the best position to stay in, sit back and relax. When pressure is applied to the back of your office chair, it should recline easily and fluidly, minimizing muscle strain. Moving while you work is healthy and the slightly relcined position is the best for the least back strain. This angle enhances circulation to your extremities, so your lower body and legs don’t become quickly fatiqued.
A tilt mechanism with tension control and locking points is recommended. Some tasks require you to stay in one position for a period of time and locking points on the tile mechanism can help to remind yourself to keep the chair in that slightly reclined position and sit back and realx. Make sure to sit back in your Office Chair throughout the day, trying not to lean forward and lessening the pelvic and strain on your vertebrae.
Upholstery for Your Seat
Breathability and durability of the fabric is important when seated for long hours, make sure the upholstery is right for your needs and environment. Some fabrics and mesh materials when seated for long periods should help maintain a consistent, comfortable temperature that enhances both comfort and productivity. Other leather and vinyl upholsteries, while popular and look nice, can be hard to work in for hours at a time.
Make sure your feet are flat and firmly on the floor. Some users will require a foot rest or mat while others will simply need to adjust the seat height to get the correct distance from the floor. The proper angle when viewed from the side is ninety degrees. In example, your lower legs are at a ninety degree angle from your upper thigh and your upper body is ninety degrees from your upper thigh. Keeping your feet flat will help keep this position and maintain good blood flow.
Keeping your workstation, computer monitor, keyboard tray and mouse all at the appropriate heights and distances are also important to good ergonomics.The top of your monitor should be at or below the normal vision line. Saving your neck from constantly being put in the wrong postition will save you from many back problems later on. Making sure to keep your eyes the recommended manufacturer distance from the computer monitor is also important. Make sure that your wrists are relaxed and are positioned parallel with the ground in a neutral position.Also make sure to adjust the height of the seat so that your elbows are just at or above the keyboard tray height.
Your daily movement is critical to your body health. The level of ease that you experience when changing positions correlates to how often you move througout the day. Keeping your chair in a healthy ergonomic position encourages movement, provides support and promotes a continuously healthy sit. Moving while you work is healthy, moving while correctly positioned is even better and ideally you should continue to work for long periods of time in your office chair easily and naturally.
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Author: Amy Pedersen is penned as Sit On This Ergonomics featured Ergonomic Insider. Having worked in the ergonomics and office industry over 10 years now, she is currently co-founder of Sit On This Ergonomics, operating a number of Ergonomic Sites dedicated to office chairs and the practice of good workplace ergonomics for better seating and productivity.Featuring a wide variety of executive, leather, mesh and task office chairs with an online sales catalog, their website also provides detailed ergonomic information on proper work chair positioning.Office Chairs and Furniture:
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