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Pursuit of Ergonomic Nirvana

For years the average desk height has been between 27 and 32 inches. Yet, just as we have seen changes in other office technologies, our desks and chairs have been evolving into something better and more efficient. As employers seek new ways to create safer and more comfortable workplaces, they are leveraging the science of ergonomics.  By considering the relationship between workers and their environment, an employer can hope to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.

As this pursuit for “ergonomic nirvana” grows, we are seeing adjustable desks and work stations that rise and lower from 25 inches up to over 52 inches. Along with the desks, manufactures are focusing efforts on developing adjustable keyboard systems, monitor display supports, and other accessory products.

And don’t forget about the ever present and all important office chair! As more people recognize the benefits of adjustable workstations, the demand for sit stand chairs has dramatically increased. What was once a scarce item is now an affordable option with new product innovations being introduced all the time.  Sit stand chairs have numerous benefits including improved health, increased productivity, and increased flexibility. Standing helps avoid the compression of the spine that can occur from long-term sitting, reducing the risk of back pain. The sit-stand chairs on the market today offer the option for sitting or standing.  A worker can quickly transfer from the sitting to the standing position throughout their shifts with minimal effort.

There is no shortage of medical research pointing to the health risks of prolonged sitting. If you don’t have the option to get up occasionally and walk around, a sit-stand office chair may be the best option to consider. In the long run it may help prevent obesity, diabetes, stiff muscles, varicose veins, and cardiovascular diseases. Knowing this, it is best to be proactive and start researching ergonomic chairs today, remembering that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.