Employees have become more efficient and productive in the workplace with the improvements in ergonomic technology which has helped more people find the perfect fit. The increased complexity of technical equipment has meant that they often won’t deliver all the benefits, particularly if workers do not understand how they can use them correctly.
The Ergonomics Research Society (ERS) is a group which has continued to evolve with the gradual change in workplace landscape. They started incorporating other factors such as workplace layout, heat, light, noise, and many other physical aspects with time.
They later changed their name to the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF), and continue to study the benefits and factors affecting individuals, both inside and outside of the workplace. It is evident that some people are still skeptical about the various ergonomic products on the market and their apparent benefits.
Employees or individuals who use ergonomic technology on a daily basis are better placed, and more able to give a better explanation about their comfort and ease of experience. If you are looking to invest in updating your office equipment with newer ergonomic technology, you can reasonably expect to see an increase in efficiency and productivity across the board with the integration of these products.
How does ergonomic technology increase efficiency in the workplace?
It is important to start with employee feedback, consultation, and job analysis before any implementation, or redesign. You can create a more ergonomic-friendly workplace by thinking about these elements. For example, if your employees spend most of their time using the telephone, you can purchase headsets instead of gel-based mouse wrist rests and keyboard wrist rests.
Ergonomic keyboards are quite different from regular keyboards. There can be a slight learning curve and some initial discomfort experienced due to the upgrade. There is likely also to be a learning period encountered while getting acquainted with an ergonomic keyboard. The payoff for the user is that there is much less physical exertion required when using an ergonomic keyboard.
Ergonomic technology does not end with keyboards, mouse, and headsets, much consideration is given to the human form with regard to posture and workstation design also. It is extremely ineffective to have a one-size-fits-all methodology to ergonomics. An adjustable chair is an essential piece equipment of a computer workstation.
To maintain a proper posture, the shorter employees may require a footrest. The sit-stand workstations are worthy investments that help to promote proper posture, as well as a continuous movement throughout the day. Sit-stand workstations are also better for individuals’ health and they go a long way in supporting comfort in the workplace.
Modern trends of ergonomic technology in the workplace
Numerous companies have invested in new technology, and communications infrastructure to improve quality and to enhance productivity. They are technologies that allow sharing of information from one employee to another with clarity and concise communication that minimizes errors. The ergonomic challenge inherent with these technologies is something that we are seeing more and more of as time goes by.
The rapid adoption of personal devices and new tech gadgets has brought with it an increase in exposure to sedentary conditions and greater pressure and stress on the body in a range of applications.
More and more workplaces are shifting to smart devices and tablet-based technology, which in turn is increasing the tendency for users of this technology to be exposed to poor posture.
Stooped over and hunched, many users become oblivious to the hours at which they spend with their heads tilted down at a 45-degree angle or worse. This brings with it a higher risk of neck injuries in the workplace and longterm spinal issues.
Improvements in ergonomic technology seek to assist in creating specifications for designs that will “fit” the end users needs, rather than the end user needing to fit the device.
Ergonomic technology improvements impact organizations by adding to efficiency as well as reducing risk, errors, and waste. In the end, research and advancements in ergonomic technology results in new designs for products, equipment, and tools that will enhance productivity in the workplace.