Chairs not your cup of tea? We also stock a range of ergonomic, comfortable stools. Designed to work perfectly with your sit-stand desk, our stools can be adjusted between low and high working heights, all the way to a sit-stand position.
Finding the right chair or stool for your ergonomic needs can be difficult, especially if you’ve never considered your options before. Get in touch with us at Flomotion and visit our showroom, where we can help you choose the perfect chair and also tailor the adjustments to you.
A monitor arm can help with fully customising your ergonomic workstation to your body, as standard monitor mounts can be restricting with how they move. A monitor arm allows you to swivel the screen, tilt, and move the monitor up and down relative to your height and whether you are sitting or standing in that current moment.
Cable Management Solutions
To prevent overall tripping hazards, and ensure the desk is fully accessible, it is important to pay attention to the cable management below and around your working area. Cable management trays and slinkies allow you to keep your desk area clean and tidy, and also can help lengthen the life of your cables (preventing friction and tension on the wires which can cause stress tears and breaks).
Another way to keep your desk area organised is to purchase a storage solution for your desk. Whether this is an under desk drawer or a pedestal with storage drawers, keeping everything in reach but organised is fundamental to a comfortable, ergonomic workspace.
Key areas of focus
When looking into the ergonomics of your workplace or office environment, you should consider various factors and key areas to focus on. When discussing ergonomics, you will want to pay particular attention to things labelled “ergonomic factors”. These factors are what you, or your business should pay attention to in order to make sure you have the best possible fit between employees and their work.
Ergonomic factors (or human factors) usually describe three connected items – the job at hand, the individual themselves, and the organisation.
- The Job – For a job to be described as ergonomic, a job and the tasks it involves should be designed to pay attention to the physical and mental limitations and particular strengths of the person completing the job. This will include items such as: the role itself; the overall workload; design of equipment used (suitability for tasks, size, and shape); the surrounding working environment; and how to access information to be used.
- The Individual – For the employee, which could be yourself or your team, you should design jobs and use equipment that will make best use of the person’s full capabilities while paying attention to health and safety and increasing overall productivity.
- The Organisation – Taking a look at your organisation from an ergonomic perspective means looking at how business-level decisions affect people’s actions and behaviour. This will include: organisational culture; how the organisation is managed, supervision and leadership; the approach to teamwork; and decisions made on working patterns and hours.
When looking into your organisation, it is important to assess the visible and physical potential ergonomic hazards. A poorly designed and set up workstation will mean you and your employees are more likely to sit in awkward and uncomfortable positions, affecting their long-term physical health.
The below graphic from Mayo Clinic provides information on how to set up your ergonomic workstation:
You should pay close attention to your chair, keyboard and mouse, telephone, desk and monitor. Additionally, you may find benefits from purchasing a footrest, should your chair be too high for you to rest your feet flat on the floor.
Other areas to focus on include whether the office or working area is well lit to prevent eye strain, the temperature of the room (being either too hot or too cold can make for uncomfortable working conditions), and in particular whether there is sufficient space for comfortable working and the ability to move around.
They may not be something you’d first think about when considering ergonomics, but space-saving devices such as desk drawers and cable tidies can all work towards a complete and comfortable working space.
Head and Shoulders
You should try to keep the weight of your head directly above the base of support (your neck). Try to avoid craning your head and neck forward – it’s best to try and prevent ‘text neck’ which can put an extra 50-60 pounds of force on the neck over a prolonged period and it’s this that causes the damage.
For your shoulders, you should keep these relaxed and try to prevent any tension and tightness across your upper body. While this can be difficult in tense situations and when you’re feeling particularly stressed, you will feel the benefits in the long run when you focus on relaxing these areas.
Arms and Wrists
Your arms should be at a comfortable 90° angle with your hands at or below elbow level. Your wrists should be straight. You may find it beneficial to purchase a wrist rest.
You should place your monitor at an arm’s length away from you, and place it centred in front of you, above your keyboard. The top third of your monitor should be at seated eye level, to keep your head and shoulders in correct alignment.
Hips, Legs and Feet
Most importantly, your feet should not dangle. If necessary to have your seat comfortable, your feet don’t touch the ground, you should purchase a footrest to prevent tension on your knees and ankles.
Your chair height should be adjusted so your knees are level with your hips, and your thighs should be parallel to the floor, and the chair itself should support your spinal curves.
Under the desk, you should make sure there’s plenty of space for your knees, thighs and feet. If you don’t yet own a standing desk, and your desk is too low and can’t be adjusted we recommend placing sturdy blocks or boards under the desk legs to raise it ever so slightly to allow for plenty of space, and if it’s too high then raise your chair (and purchase a footrest to prevent your feet from dangling).
Your Ergonomic Office
We understand it can be overwhelming when beginning to set up an ergonomic workstation for the first time, but Flomotion are on hand to help. Whether you would like video tutorials on how to build your desk or chairs initially, or would like a complete office consultation on ensuring your setup is right for you, we at Flomotion can provide you with the right advice.
For more information on how we can help you, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, give us a call on 01603 951595 or read our extensive resources.