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Choosing The Right Office Furniture
Just like furniture at home, how you choose furniture for your office has to say something about you. It has to say something about your personality. You just donít get an ordinary desk. You get a desk that spells Y O U.

Look at it this way. How many hours do you spend at the office? Sometimes you even spend a majority of your life here, than in your home. So it should be a place where youíre comfortable even though youíre up to your neck with paperwork and meeting deadlines.

Number one: Letís choose the right work desk.

Picture this: You are sitting behind a desk and you let someone in. The next thing the person sees after you is your desk. Maybe not exactly your desk because there will be other stuff on it, but the point is that the material your desk is made from says something about you.

Choose a desk that would allow you in accomplishing the tasks you would have to accomplish before the day ends. You must be comfortable sitting behind it. Visualize what exactly would you use the desk for. If itís for computer work, allot the right space that is needed for the component to be placed atop it. Leave areas where you would put your pens and notebooks beside it. The CPU can be placed underneath. Look for a desk that already have built-in wiring holes so that the electrical connections will be easier to pass through from the monitor to the outlet beside the CPU.

If youíre really not into typing but more of paper-work in general, then choose a wider desk where you could comfortably write on the surface. It has to accommodate your big books and piles and piles of important documents. Consider a desk that has shelves. You can have cabinets attached to your work space so it wonít seem all piled up.

In ergonomics, you must always provide space for your legs. Generally, a deskís height is either 29 or 30 inches, then again, it depends on the work station space. There should be three and a half feet distance from the desk to the chair.

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Introduction to ergonomics

Ergonomics, also known as human engineering or human factors engineering, the science of designing machines, products, and systems to maximize the safety, comfort, and efficiency of the people who use them. Ergonomists draw on the principles of industrial engineering, psychology, anthropometry (the science of human measurement), and biomechanics (the study of muscular activity) to adapt the design of products and workplaces to people's sizes and shapes and their physical strengths and limitations. Ergonomists also consider the speed with which humans react and how they process information, and their capacities for dealing with psychological factors, such as stress or isolation. Armed with this complete picture of how humans interact with their environment, ergonomists develop the best possible design for products and systems, ranging from the handle of a toothbrush to the flight deck of the space shuttle.
Ergonomists view people and the objects they use as one unit, and ergonomic design blends the best abilities of people and machines. Humans are not as strong as machines, nor can they calculate as quickly and accurately as computers. Unlike machines, humans need to sleep, and they are subject to illness, accidents, or making mistakes when working without adequate rest. But machines are also limited-cars cannot repair themselves, computers do not speak or hear as well as people do, and machines cannot adapt to unexpected situations as well as humans. An ergonomically designed system provides optimum performance because it takes advantage of the strengths and weaknesses of both its human and machine components.
Workplace Illness and Accident Prevention
One of the primary goals of ergonomics is prevention of workplace illness and accidents. According to the United States Bureau of Labour Statistics, more than 60 percent of the workplace illnesses reported each year are associated with repetitive stress injuries (RSI). These injuries result from continuous repetition of the same motions, for instance screwing or twisting items on an assembly line. The injury may be exacerbated by awkward postures, such as bending or reaching. One prime example of a repetitive strain injury is Carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a painful and often debilitating swelling of the tendons in the wrist. Carpal tunnel results from overuse of the hands and wrists. It is particularly common in people who must bend or overextend their arms while performing a repetitive task, such as typing on a computer keyboard, cutting meat, or tripping knobs and levers. Frequent, unassisted heavy lifting, such as lifting patients to move them in and out of hospital beds, is one of the leading causes of work-related back injuries. Another frequent cause of work-related back pain is a result of sedentary jobs, such as sitting at a computer workstation everyday, which tends to strain the structures in the lower back, upper back, and neck. Noise-induced hearing loss resulting from continuous exposure to excessive noise is another type of RSI, as are headaches and eyestrain due to improper workplace lighting.
Ergonomists work to eliminate these problems by designing workplaces, such as computer workstations or assembly lines, with injury prevention in mind. They position tools and machinery to be accessible without twisting, reaching, or bending. They design adjustable workbenches, desks, and chairs to comfortably accommodate workers of many different sizes, preventing the need to continuously lean or overextend the arms. Ergonomists also determine and design safe workplace environmental conditions, such as correct temperature, lighting, noise, and ventilation to ensure that workers perform under optimal conditions.
Ergonomists also seek to increase worker efficiency and productivity when designing workspaces. They place those pieces of equipment used most frequently in closest proximity to the worker and arrange systems in ways that are convenient and easy to use. Well-designed workspaces ensure that workers perform their jobs in optimal comfort, without experiencing the unnecessary physical and mental fatigue that can slow work performance, reduce accuracy, or cause accidents.