Reading is fundamental, especially when needing to understand an innovative idea that affects society. So, what exactly is ergonomics? Why do we need ergonomics in the workplace, at home and when using gadgets in our daily lives? Here are top ergonomic books that explain it all:
7 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy at Your Desk: Computer Ergonomics
A free ebook, 7 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy at Your Desk: Computer Ergonomics by Ann Jordan-Mills outlines ways to avoid pain and injuries when at your desk. A quick read, this 20-page ebook explains how sitting affects the body and suggests ways to improve posture and sit properly at your desk.
Office Ergonomics: Preventing Repetitive Motion Injuries & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Another free ebook ($13.55 paperback), Office Ergonomics: Preventing Repetitive Motion Injuries & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is written by Susan Orr, a Certified Safety Professional who hold a Masters degree in Industrial Safety, and features 100’s of tips for making your workstation comfortable and efficient in order to reduce MSDs. It explains causes and treatments of repetitive motion injuries and how ergonomics helps prevent these ailments, including carpal tunnel syndrome.
Ergonomic Living : How to Create a User-Friendly Home & Office
The goal of this book is to help you find the reading light, chair, bed, keyboard and even desk that is built just for you. Broken up into two sections (home and office), it advises how to structure your home and office to fit your particularly body and includes photos and illustrations to serve as examples. From how to prepare food to your computer keyboard, this book is a comprehensive guide to ergonomic living and pain reduction.
The Design of Everyday Things
The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman is an Amazon best seller than digs into design and “guides the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.” It explores how and why some products work and why some don’t, and how to design for people.
To some, the office can be a drag. Whether watching the clock, hoping time flies by, or squirming in a clunky office chair, employees may not want to be at work at all. There is a way, however, to spruce up the office so that employees dig their surroundings and are happier and healthier at work. Here are some ways that great office furniture helps the workplace.
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You sit at your desk and can’t seem to get going. At the end of the work day, you find yourself playing catch up and wondering, where did the day go?
You’re not alone in this thinking. In fact, a study discovered that many of us waste time at work. Instead of being productive and completing tasks, we peruse Facebook, take personal calls, and do anything but work. So, how do you increase productivity? Here are ways to create a more efficient work environment:
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If you’ve ever felt frustrated, tired or discomforted by the glaring fluorescent lights at the office, you are not alone. A study conducted by the American Society of Interior Designers showed that 68 percent of employees hate the lighting in their workspace. That’s a big number. One that should alarm employers and drive them to create an office setting that has better lighting.
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Whether you’re a brand selling product or a corporation recruiting the next generation of employees, millennial’s are a targeted demographic. And Gen Y is known to be technology savvy, entrepreneurial and extremely transparent about their needs and progressive views. They believe in teamwork and want to feel excited by the work that they do and their workspace. So, how do you entice millennials to remain interested and productive at work? By providing them with a millennial approved workspace.
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A recent study discovered that 43 percent of Americans worked from home just last year. That shift is impacting ergonomics and what we need at home to work efficiently with health and wellness in mind. You may work at home in your PJ’s but it’s still essential to utilize ergonomic office furniture and computer tools. Here are ways remote workers can create an ergonomic home office:
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$15 billion. That is how much businesses spend on workers’ compensation annually. The culprit: work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Musculoskeletal Disorders or MSDs affect our muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves. The most common MSDs are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, DeQuervain’s Syndrome, Tension Neck Syndrome and Muscle/Tendon Strain.
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“Sitting disease.” It sounds daunting and office workers should be worried. A study published in The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times now recommends office workers move every 30 minutes. Prior to this study, researchers recommended office workers stand once an hour.
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After spending 8 plus hours in front of your computer screen, you may feel an aching sensation along your back. Most Americans spend too much time hunched over a keyboard, and that is one of the causes of chronic back pain. Add constant texting to your daily routine and you have another culprit. In fact, a Temple University study discovered that increased texting brings on a painful back, neck and shoulders. Let’s not forget the detriment of sitting all day at work. All in all, typing, texting and sitting for prolonged period of time can really hurt your back.
Thankfully, there is an way to alleviate those aches without surgery. Here are 7 solutions to ease chronic back pain.
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Traditional keyboards are becoming obsolete thanks to ergonomic design. The switch is needed as more and more employees complain about carpal tunnel and shoulder strain. Between 2014-2015, there were over 55,300 of work-related musculoskeletal disorders reported, according to HSE statistics.
An ergonomic keyboard is an affordable and proven solution to decrease workplace-caused disorders and injuries. Here are other great health benefits to using an ergonomic keyboard:
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