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Making Your Office Ergonomic

08 May 2019Dylan Campbell

Ergonomics is the process of arranging workplaces, products or systems to fit the particular needs of the employee. It seeks to build an environment that betters performance, enhances productivity and improves workers health.

With the average Australian clerical worker spending 22hours each week sitting whilst at work (Australian Health Survey 2011-2012) and recent evidence linking prolonged sitting to increased rates of musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, some cancers and even premature death (Safe Work Australia), having an ergonomic office is more important than ever.

Whilst sitting and your choice of office chair are key issues, ergonomics goes beyond these and looks at the function of the workplace as a whole, including fittings, lay-out and lighting.

Chairs

Ergonomic chairs are designed to correct and support your posture whilst maintaining good neck and spine alignment.

Chairs with contoured seats will help to even out weight distribution and take pressure off the lower back.Those with the ability to adjust the seat height, depth and tilt allow you to adopt the ideal sitting position with hips, knees and ankles at 90degrees regardless of the length of your legs. Chairs with adjustable back rests and tilt allow you to place the lumbar support exactly where you need it, whilst those with adjustable arm rests can reduce the pressure placed on the shoulders and neck by supporting the elbows.

A good ergonomic office chair should allow you to move freely and to access all parts of your workstation without the need to strain. If your office is carpeted a chair mat may assist with this.

Desks and accessories

Choose a desk that is an appropriate height for your natural sitting position. If you often change position throughout the day, choosing a height adjustable or sit-stand desk may be beneficial. Computer monitors should be fitted at eye level and should be at an appropriate distance to prevent straining. Keyboards should be at a distance that allow both the wrists and elbows to be supported; if your workspace does not allow this choosing a chair with adjustable arms rests can assist.

Choosing the right ergonomic furniture for your office

Every office and employee will have different needs.It is important, where able, to involve your staff in making the workplace a space that works for them.

Be sure to trial furniture in store prior to purchase. At our Sunshine Coast showroom, you can trial any of our chairs with the assistance of our team of dedicated and experienced staff. For those a bit further afield or wanting a longer trial period we offer ‘Danny’s trial service’. This service allows you to try one of our chairs, free of charge in your workplace Australia-wide (exclusions apply).

Still unsure or ready to get started? Contact us instore!

Shawn Z.
Shawn Z.
I bought one chair more than one year ago, and it’s built with high quality and very comfortable. One thing happened to me recently that again proves this company really cares about it’s customers.I was lodging tax return and couldn’t count my receipt. So I write a letter to a email address listed on their website, asking for help, but not actually expecting a reply as the purchase happened more than one year ago.Amazingly, I got a reply the next morning from one of their staff named Marek (my email is precious evening). I was so grateful with them. I highly recommend this company if you want to buy a chair.
danyal T.
danyal T.
Top customer service and A+ quality product, really easy to assemble as well 😁👍
Joel E
Joel E
We were moving office and needed to buy a range of office furniture. We were very impressed with the wide range of products on offer that are all great quality and affordable. Dylan was extremely helpful and his customer service is amazing. If you are looking for somewhere to buy great quality office furniture then look no further.
Nick H.
Nick H.
Great service, great range. Don't bother with office works just go here.
Aileen H.
Aileen H.
Dylan was great - fast and courteous.
Luke N.
Luke N.
Dylan is excellent at providing Quality customer service. He is a people person and being the one man running the show At Danny's desks, I hope his pay packet reflects this.On a side note - (My comment.. not his) "You need to change that bloody music. It's the same cheese on repeat every 5 minutes. I'm surprised Dylan hasn't gone mad. Nothing wrong with sticking swear free Spotify on, but that music is just trite."Dylan helped me with some Castor wheels and I will very likely be back during summer for a Mesh back chair that I clocked when I came in. The service I received was the hooking point and where Office works failed to provide me an answer to a question i had, Dylan cleared up the confusion.
Lisa G.
Lisa G.
Excellent products at a great price, with really friendly and helpful service. I ordered my new desk online and it was delivered two days later. Will definitely be back.
James C.
James C.
Dannys has been our suppliers for over 2 years and they are certainly a cut above . Always got stock , fast efficient service , straight to the point . Good value . At last we have found someone who we can rely on Jsmes MHBA
CrazyLady
CrazyLady
talked to Marek and he couldn't do enough to help and their price are awesome will be coming back to shop
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