Ergonomics is often one of the most overlooked health issues in the office. While there are health and safety regulations for lifting, moving heavy objects, and safety when working with chemicals and electricity, and there are guidelines for how long a person should be “sedentary” (ie, seated), there are no formal leadership requirements for the chairs, people who do, or use their computer equipment.
Prolonged sitting, day in and day out, has been linked to repetitive strain injuries, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, chronic pain and metabolic syndromes (heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure). Musculoskeletal disorders cost Australia $4.8 billion and back pain $2.8 billion a year in Australia. This can result in significant costs for both businesses and the economy, and can also lead to profound dissatisfaction with working conditions and lifestyle.
Poor ergonomics is secretly one of the biggest productivity costs in Australia and IT plays a big role in addressing this issue.
Also think about the eyes
Staring at the wrong screen all day can cause problems for two reasons:
- It can force the head into a position that causes strain and fatigue and potentially damages neck muscles. It can also lead to bad postural habits in the long term.
- A poor quality monitor can also strain your eyes.
The expectation of working people to sit in front of screens for long periods of time – whether in the office or remotely – does not seem to be increasing, despite known health problems. Therefore, with the needs of professionals in mind, Samsung has worked hard to develop a line of business monitors to promote healthier work habits.
First, the full range of Samsung business monitors come with VESA mount compatibility and a variety of tilt, swivel and pivot control points, giving the user precise control for almost any environment. This is important as modern wisdom suggests that people should vary the way they work throughout the day. In recent years, standing desks have become popular because they have been shown to improve blood pressure and reduce back pain. At the same time, standing at a desk all day can create new problems, such as foot pain.
Therefore, most office workers are encouraged to alternate between sitting and standing positions throughout the day. However, switching between sitting and standing realigns the body and requires close control of the monitor to maintain a comfortable head and neck position every time. This is made easier by the VESA mount compatibility.
The business monitors are now all TÜV-certified for intelligent eye care. TÜV Rheinland is one of the world’s leading testing service providers and tests displays according to the ISO 9241-307 standard to ensure that they reduce disruptive reflections, ensure image quality from different perspectives, enable the adjustable blue light component and help ensure that displays are flicker-free.
With up to 90 percent of digital device users experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain, investing in monitors proven to minimize eye strain is a quick way to ensure the majority of the workforce is comfortable at work.
The best practices when using a monitor
Of course, technology can only be part of the solution and when it comes to ergonomics, best practices really need to be built into workplace policies and training to help protect employees. With regard to monitors and computers, employers should complement investment in ergonomic equipment by encouraging their employees to:
- Keep the monitor at a sufficient distance. Larger monitors are actually good for this, as they encourage the worker to position themselves farther away to get a good view of the entire screen.
- Take quick, regular breaks to get away from the screen for short periods of time. It can be a quick coffee run or just a moment to step away from your desk and stretch out. It’s a good idea to keep your phone with you so they avoid the temptation to even look at a screen.
- Assume a neutral posture. When sitting, make sure to use the backrest instead of leaning forward. When standing, be sure to distribute the weight on both feet to distribute the weight evenly.
By cultivating ergonomics in a workplace, the organization will enjoy better productivity and a more positive workforce. In an era of skills shortages, it’s more important than ever to make sure employees are healthy, well taken care of and happy at work.
To learn more about Samsung’s business monitors and their ergonomic benefits, click here: https://www.samsung.com/au/business/monitors/