Uncovering the mystery of ergonomic products
The term “ergonomic” has become quickly popular, and dare we say, trendy, in the recent years among office workers and interior designers. While some individuals believe that ergonomic products are solely aesthetically pleasing, these items are also beneficial to your health and well-being in the workplace.
Ergonomics is the scientific definition in designing an item in relation to human needs to optimize the overall performance. Research done by ergonomic professionals is especially helpful to product designers looking to make their manufactured goods compatible with the needs and even limitations of the people using the items.
Keep in mind that dedicated individuals working in an office can spend anywhere from three to eight hours sitting in an office chair and staring at a computer screen while performing their given tasks. Their backs, legs, shoulder, wrists and eyes are bound to become fatigued. It was only a matter time before design elements were created to benefit the work environment of hard working individuals. If you’re experiencing back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms you should consider educating yourself on ergonomics.
The person assessing the fit between a person and the type of work they do, also known as an ergonomist, will first consider the type of work the person is doing and the demands that the job responsibilities put on that person. Next, the ergonomist will consider the equipment that the person uses at their job, how large or small it is, and how appropriate it is used for the given tasks. The ergonomist will also consider the information that the person uses at a given time: How is this information presented and does it change drastically?
Generally, there are five different elements that are taken into consideration when determining the ergonomics of a particular item: safety, ease of use, comfort, aesthetics and productivity/performance. The ideal ergonomic product will provide optimal viewing, comfortable usage, consistency, and puts the well-being of the individual in the forefront.
An example of this type of product is the widely popular ergonomic keyboard. This type of keyboard offers a zoom feature to attain a closer look; provides hot keys that perform common tasks with ease or guide you to often used features, such as email, internet and programs; improved number pad; a more comfortable design that encourages natural wrist and arm alignment; integrated palm rest, among many other special features.
Business owners are looking toward implementing ergonomic products in their workplaces to increase the safety and well-being of their employees, which also leads to a prolonged happiness with their position and decreases the risk of injury. It is becoming easier to design a workplace with the best interest and integrity of individuals intact, as well as a healthier work environment.