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Optimising ergonomics in the workplace

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A desk job may not be physically demanding, but sitting at a desk for extended periods of time can result in stiff and sore muscles and joints. This is the body’s way of indicating strain or muscle damage.
There are a number of exercises office workers can do to avoid the effects of static posture and the pressure that it puts on the body. While suggestions such as standing up once an hour and taking a stroll around the office may not be viable due to work loads, adjusting office furniture can help to ensure good posture and minimise the risk of injury.
A desk surface doesn’t necessarily have to be flat. By adjusting the height and level of reference material and strategically grouping items that are used together, eye and neck strain can be reduced. This includes the level of office keyboards, which should always be placed correctly on desks in order to avoid repetitive strain injuries.
Making use of a headset instead of cradling the telephone between the head and shoulder not only improves posture, but also allows for hands free phone calls and enables more effective multitasking.
With regards to ergonomic seating, desk chairs should be replaced if they are old and don’t have a ‘shock absorber’ feature. Certain items such as a balance cushion, can be used to promote good posture and improve core strength while sitting in front of the computer.
Ensure correct workspace ergonomics, both at work as well as at home, for increased comfort. Great Universal offers a number of healthy solutions within their office furniture range can help you maintain good posture. Visit for more information and products that can help optimise your workplace’s ergonomics today.

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