To the rational mind, ergonomics is a must-have, pretty much non-negotiable. But to business owners on shoe-string budgets it could be a stretch too far, and for dour bean counters, it’s something to scratch their beards about and push down on their list of financial priorities. But these views could prove to be quite myopic in the long run.
In the interior world, ergonomics just means designing and creating spaces, furniture and tools that are optimized for human well-being, performance and productivity. Quite rightly, it’s considered a science. Simply put, it means chairs that provide full back support, desks with adjustable heights, spaces designed to slot tools within the radius of your arm movements, colours, lighting and materials that inspire, motivate, soothe or even make supremely happy. And these are just a few examples.
Ergonomics is not the kale or quinoa of the design world – ie it’s not a fad, it has been around for centuries. Michelangelo swung around the impossibly high ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, some would say, quite ergonomically, while he created one of the world’s best-known masterpieces.
Modern workplaces, work methodology, systems and technology don’t consider human biology or psychology. Long hours seated in one posture have taken its toll on the body and mind. Repetitive Stress Injuries can be a direct result of choosing a wrong chair or desk. Ergonomic designs decrease the risk of common musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), fatigue and stress.
Smart interior designers create workplaces that can have a profound impact on an individual’s performance – it means proper seating, creative desking solutions, the right lighting, great air quality and lower noise levels.
Ergonomics: Top 4 Benefits
Ergonomics increases productivity: Some brands like HÅG by Flokk have a deep appreciation for ergonomics. They design workstations to maintain healthy posture, organize tools better, encourage people interaction, inspire creativity, help teams brainstorm, and minimize time wasted on unproductive activities.
Ergonomics increases quality: Good interior designers design and build workspaces that help people focus on their core strengths with tools close at hand and zero distractions. The result is quality work.
Ergonomics helps workplace safety: a no-brainer. Designs that offer great physical support, proper lighting, right noise levels, neat organization, plenty of storage, a place for everything and everything in the right place, just naturally make for a safer office.