More and more workers are working from home these days. It’s just an important for the home office to be set up correctly as the corporate office. The following are tips for proper home office set up:
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#3: Chair height is too low
#3: Chair height is too low
Working from home is commonplace these days. Many companies who have employees that do computer-based jobs allow these employees to work from home—from 1 day per week to everyday. Having a workstation that fits the employee well is just as important if they work from home as it is if they work in the office. I’ve lost track of how many office ergonomics assessments I’ve done over the years be it at work and home (and travel, but that’s a totally different environment). There are common mistakes or misconceptions that people make when it comes to their computer workstation. Take a look
Lean Six Sigma Steps and Tools
It seems as though everyone is doing Lean these days—Lean Office, Lean Manufacturing, Lean this and Lean that. Lean is a very good process improvement methodology started by Toyota. However, Lean is frequently done without inclusion of human factors/ergonomics (HF/E). This lack of using a human centered approach lessens the effectiveness and sustainable of Lean improvements. This article will explain the reasons for that statement and help you understand that a significant amount of waste is still present after Lean has been done without regards to HF/E.
Are you frustrated with your ergonomics program because the results haven’t been effective? Are you having difficulty sustaining momentum and justifying keeping the program going? Are thinking of implementing an ergonomics program?
Ergonomic Workplace Design Recommendations for Aging Workers
The purpose of ergonomics is to optimize human well-being and overall work system performance. In dealing with older workers the goal of ergonomics is to preserve/enhance the workers’ performance, productivity and health. The most effective way of doing this is through engineering controls, i.e. designing the job, equipment, tools and environment to eliminate or reduce risk factors that cause poor performance, injuries and illnesses.
Did you know?:
- People age 45+ now comprise the majority of the US population1
- Fewer older workers expect to retire at age 62 or 652
- It is expected by the year 2020, one quarter of the labor force will be 55-and-older3
- New estimated retirement age used by insurance company actuaries is now 74 years old4
- Older workers more likely to have carpal tunnel syndrome5
Part 2: The Challenges of Sit-to-Stand Workstations (SSW)
Simply changing a workstation from predominately sitting to the ability to alternate between sitting and standing may not eliminate the root cause of staying in a static position for extended periods of time. This is especially true if workers shift from prolonged sitting to prolonged standing. This raises the potential of shifting the same chronic, static experience from one posture (sitting) to another (standing).
Does Discomfort Really Decrease?