Ergonomics plays an important role in the workplace, affecting both our health and our productivity.
Considering ergonomics when setting up your workspace offers a range of benefits. Broadly speaking, it’s good for:
It offers solutions that will help to alleviate some of the strain placed on your problem areas
Team members will feel that their wellbeing is a priority
People are less likely to be off work due to sickness and more likely to be productive at work
- Staff retention
People are more likely to achieve job satisfaction in a workplace they’ve been made to feel comfortable in
Making adjustments to your workspace
All employers have a duty of care to their employees. They should be acting to prevent discrimination in the workplace, including discrimination against those with a health condition or disability.
They should also provide reasonable adjustments where possible to make sure all team members can carry out their responsibilities comfortably and without risking their health or safety.
Where comfort and health are a concern due to arthritis, there are a number of possible solutions. However, it’s important to remember that these solutions are not “one size fits all” — what works for one person may not work for another.
Some aspects of your workspace that it might be beneficial for you to change include:
- Your desk
- Your chair
- Your monitor
- Other office furniture
- Your keyboard and mouse
The right solution for you will depend on your condition and the areas that it affects. It’s important to communicate openly with your employer about your needs and make them aware of the solutions available so they know what to take into consideration when searching for the right solution for you.