According to a recent survey only one in four American office workers is at least somewhat familiar with the benefits and usage of ergonomic furniture. This article makes a strong case for the benefits to both employers and employees of integrating ergonomic furnishings into company floor plans. One of the more interesting points involves a major 2004 study by the Cornell University Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Laboratory that proves height-adjustable office furnishings significantly decrease aches, pains and muscle tension. Workers’ Compensation savings alone are said to more than justify the purchase of ergonomic office furnishings. According to the author, once the benefits of increased employee morale and productivity are factored in, the decision seems the only practical way to go.

This article provides insights into choosing the right ergonomic office equipment, including the features crucial to employee comfort and convenience. In particular, the author comes out strongly for new “sit-to-stand” work centers that allow users to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day.

Source: Derek Timm, Occupational Health & Safety; Sep, 2005

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