IMPORTANCE OF WORKPLACE ERGONOMICS
First and foremost, what is workplace ergonomics and how does it apply to the modern working environment? According to ErgoPlus, workplace ergonomics is “the science of designing the workplace, keeping in mind the capabilities and limitations of the worker.” Many factors are taken into consideration when it comes to ergonomic solutions in a work environment such as; productivity, quality, employee engagement and safety. Without the latter, offices can possibly disrupt the workflow of many of their employees, who are bound to be frustrated and tired due to poor ergonomic design.
THE EVOLUTION OF OFFICE FURNITURE: THE SIT-STAND DESK
The need for ergonomics has greatly increased due to the ever-changing developments in new technology. Computers have gradually become smaller, faster operating. Office employees in modern working environments such interior design and architect firms are often always “on the move” as their work requires constant teamwork and collaboration. Therefore, most healthy individuals have that high energy, positive thinking mind-set to get them through their busy day. So, what exactly plays a key factor to this person’s energy and workflow?
HOW IS THE SIT STAND DESK BENEFICIAL TO YOUR HEALTH?
The sit stand desk is more than just a simple standard piece of furniture. It is unique in the sense that it allows employees to work from a normal sitting position to an elevated-standing position. It alleviates the stress of having to sit for prolonged periods of time. In fact, when you’re sitting for prolonged periods of time, you’re likely to develop an increase in back, neck and shoulder pain. According to Standesk.com, “when you’re sitting, up to 90% more pressure is applied on your lower back and can lead to reduced spine flexibility and disk damage.” Sitting also leads to bad posture, leaning your head towards your computer screen, hunching your neck and shoulder etc. In fact, these contributing factors lead to an unhealthy office workflow that can also affect your own personal lifestyle.
At dTank, our work requires in-person meetings and collaboration, therefore the ability to move in and out of an office is key to our workflow. It is our job to design furniture capable of supporting a healthy workflow for every one of our employees.
With a growing demand for better workspaces and employee productivity, companies are looking to provide office health solutions by incorporating technology into furniture, hence “smart furniture.” The sit-stand desk is a prime example of smart furniture taken in the right direction, but how do developers bring it to the next level?
Innovative software like TableAir is designed to provide users with a sit-stand booking system. By creating a user profile (height adjustments included), employees can reserve any available sit-stand in the office and activate their preferences. Once the desk has been reserved, a message is sent to notify all users in the office that it’s been taken. How cool is that?!
Furthermore, TableAir provides a premium sit-stand desk which comes equipped with LED lights that change color when reserved or currently in-use. This comes in handy for large office spaces where employees need quick access to the nearest available desk.
It goes without saying that this furniture piece is the future of workplace ergonomics and an overall effective health solution for employees in the modern working environment.