The use of a standing desk follows the principle of ergonomics. Standing desks were designed to promote and to apply the principles of working while enhancing health, productivity, and efficiency. While using the standing desk, people at the workplace are encouraged to use more calories, burn energy in an efficient manner, and promote wellness while performing tasks at the workstation.
What are ergonomics?
Ergonomics is an approach to designing the workplace in a manner that suits the capability and limitation of the employee. The approach is to cater the workplace according to the workers’ physical and mental attributes, and encourage them to work with less fatigue, frustration, and pain. Most workspaces that are not ergonomic lead to unmotivated and unsatisfied workers.
Spaces that do not encourage creativity are those which do not make workers comfortable during the day. The stress of the worker comes from poor posture, unhealthy habits, and psychological fatigue.
This kind of exhaustion mainly comes from unhealthy working conditions. Ergonomics attempts to correct the conditions that cause fatigue and promote higher productivity.
The primary goal of ergonomics is to remove factors that cause pain and injury in the workplace, and the possibility of employees developing multi skeletal diseases (MSDs). The removal of MSDs will cause the increase in productivity and performance.
Ergonomics also aims to improve the work process and remove the barriers that lead to safer working conditions. Because work will be allocated based on a person’s capabilities, work is divided in a more efficient manner and will eventually lead to higher profits.
What are the benefits of ergonomics?
Because employees are healthier, the company will eventually save on compensation costs for employees. The estimated savings is $1 for every $3 spent for employees’ benefits. The indirect costs savings is bigger and amounts to $20 per MSD injury.
An ergonomic workplace improves production. If a worker is able to function in the correct posture, with less exertion, and with zero pain, there is more work completed. An employee that can sit or stand regularly without obstruction or has available space to stretch or walk around, becomes happier and more efficient.
A healthy and ergonomic work area makes employees happier. When workers tire easily, they become highly unmotivated and their work is sacrificed. Worker’s output is compromised and even if the worker is trained, application of the work is done in lesser quality. Higher productivity means that workers report for work on time and have fewer absences. They also have higher morale because they have higher pride in their work.
When a company commits itself to making the company a more productive and safer environment, the company creates an awareness and consciousness of safety. People in the workplace will become more health-conscious which results in better camaraderie among workers and teams. Since the employee is regarded with importance, the employee also respects the company in return and has a higher regard for the employer and colleagues.
How does the standing desk make the workplace ergonomic?
Using a standing desk will make the user more efficient and productive because it increases the blood circulation in the veins and the flow of oxygen throughout the body. The standing desk makes calories burn faster and killer toxins to be released from the body.
This is why using the most appropriate posture is needed to make the body efficient and pain-free when using a standing desk. The number of hours when standing should not exceed four hours. If the user’s posture is wrong, then the use of the standing desk will be futile.
When standing, the user’s legs should always be straight. Knees should not be hyperextended and should be in line with the other. If the knees are extended too much, then there is a huge strain on the back of the knees. Feet should be flat on the floor and be able to bear weight evenly. The weight of the user must be evenly concentrated and not forced on one side of the foot.
Sitting should also be in good positioning. The shoulders should be in the same line as the pelvis and the shoulders are loose. The chest will be pushed slightly forward and the stomach should be tucked in slightly. The neck and head should be relaxed and at eye level with the monitor.