Happy employees are productive employees. Whether you’re a business owner, a human resources manager or whether you’re just someone who works in an office environment. Academically speaking, people are divided on the best way to manage an office environment. At Urgos, we definitely feel that the best way to manage an office environment is to make sure your employees feel happy and comfortable and like they are cared about by senior staff.
If you are going to have a successful business we think you should have a positive working environment, and as a manager it’s important to make sure you are approachable and effective when dealing with what people need. Caring about the people who deliver your results, rather than just the results themselves, is one of the best ways to ensure that your results get better and better.
If you care about your staff, or are trying start up your business and thinking about the kind of business owner you want to be, then this is the right place for you.
Office environments can often be stuffy and unconformable places to work with so many people in a confined and busy place. Finding ways to make the office a more comfortable and safer place to work can be challenging, especially as it’s more difficult to spot and prevent injuries in an office environment. A good understanding of how ergonomics works and how it can be applied in your office could greatly benefit your staff and the business as a whole.
The term “ergonomics” is defined as improving your employees’ workplace injuries is Ergonomics which ‘applies anatomical, physiological, and psychological knowledge to work and work environments in order to reduce or eliminate factors that cause pain or discomfort.’
There are a number of benefits of Ergonomics in the Workplace.
The key five advantages we’ve have discovered are listed below:
- It can reduce costs
- Giving employees comfort will enable productivity in the workforce to increase.
- Quality may also increase.
- Employee Engagement
- Safety Culture.
Exploration of Standing Desks
According to workriteergo.com, there is a new innovation for standing desks at work. This may sound impractical but the health benefits are important to your employees.
However this is not a new trend, people in northern Europe have been working this way for years. It has shown that it provides better blood flow, better productivity and is much better at keeping wieght gain at bay, which is something quite common for people who sit at their desks for long periods of time.
Referring back to the 5 benefits of an ergonomically conscious workspace mentioned above, a standing desk does reflects these and therefore should be seriously considered as an improvement to any office space. We aren’t saying you should just go ahead and throw away your current office apparel, but if it’s something that your employees seems interested in then maybe it should be something that you seriously consider for your staff. It may not be for everyone, but it has potential to be a real trend. Especially in offices where people are health conscious, it could be a real opportunity to improve office morale.
We’ve found a couple of videos for you to watch. One is a discussion about how practical it is to have a standing desk and the possibility of it being just a fad.
The second is a case example of a company that has started to allow it’s employees to choose whether they sit or stand at their desk.
Below are two videos that can give you further insight into Standing Desks.
Analysis of Poor Posture
According to Spine-health.com, an average person becomes uncomfortable being seated in the same position for 20 minutes. One simple solution would be to implement an office policy of changing your position regularly, and even make it something entertaining to break up your day if you have an open plan office space.
This simple task can improve the elasticity around your joints, which means more long term health benefits for you and your staff. Plus, it’s just a lot more comfortable! So whether your employees fancy changing thier desk set up, or whether something smaller can help, there are so many ways you can improve the productivity, health and happiness in your office.
Working from home
As a start-up business, your firm may initially start up your business from home, allowing a reduction in your cash flow forecast to start with. Having said this, your working position may not be best in comparison to one in an office.
At home, you may be on a laptop while sitting on a sofa, maybe you;re a but slumped in your comfy chair or maybe you’re sat in bed with your cup of tea. Chances are, you don’t have an ergonomic desk and chair to help you sit appropriately, and even if you do, you probably don’t use it all the time (because in bed is the best place to be!). However, at Urgos we cannot stress enough the importance of posture, and even though you may feel more comfortable at home working this way, the impact it will have on your back can in the long run negatively impact your work output.
If you are committed to working from home, you should definitely look into investing in something much more appropriate for working. Even though it may only be a short term thing for your business, it could have some long term health impacts on your body.
The video attached below gives you some tips on how to look after yourself while you’re working from home. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, or buy new things to be able to improve your working environment.
The past scenarios have given some details on where to look out for ergonomics in your startup workforce, yet you could find a way to implement them into your workforce. Work-related injuries can easily be developed from awkward postures and repetitive motions.
A few ways a start-up business can implement awareness of ergonomics is through activities such as
- Squatting when needing to bend down to reduce the pressure of disks on your back.
- Safety Gloves when handling heavy equipment
- Posters that inform employees to take regular breaks from their current positions to reduce irritation on posture.
- Comfortable shoes
Make sure that you’re employees are aware of the risks, and protect yourself as an employee and as a manager against injury at work.
Urgos believes that ergonomics is extremely important, and we have kept this in mind while we have designed our product. The Urgos kettle will be perfect for office spaces, and we think that it’s design and style will fit perfectly in an office environment.We hope this post has helped you to make informed decisions regarding Ergonomics in the workplace for your business. For more on content on ergonomics, startups and trending issues in the whole of the business, be sure to subscribe to our blog for more content.