‘Posture is the most important aspect when looking at workstation design. Chairs, work surface, accessories, monitor and input devices can help or hinder in maintaining good posture, but they cannot cause good posture. Simply having an ergonomic chair does not guarantee good posture, but merely facilitates neutral posture. It is up to the individual to learn and practice proper posture’, says Ketan Sheth, Founder, Managing Director & Principal Designer – Goldmine Project Consultant Pvt. Ltd.
Ergonomics in Interior designing is all about planning to create functional workspace for the well-being, ease and comfort for the user. A well designed workstation gives the employee overall comfort and productivity if they know how to correctly use and adjust furniture and office equipment in their day-to day working. Each design has a transparency to structure, for maintaining the modernity of flow.
Modern design lines are crisper, sharper and very spare. From its beginnings, modern designers embraced pure color — black, white, and neutrals with vibrant primary colors. Today, color schemes still use white and neutrals, with colorful accents. A Modern Style of design is fundamentally defined by simplicity, subtle sophistication, texture and clean lines.
Elements such as neutral colors; smooth, clean, geometric shapes without curves and decorative finishes easily define a conventional space! A Modern Style concept for the conceptual exterior structure is justified by using “Glass, Steel & Concrete”.
For us interior designing starts with the person, our goal is to enable individuals to work at their most safe, most effective and motivated levels. We create health-positive environments that go beyond their expectations, the design elements coupled with the material selection caters to their needs and how to apply them follow which is appropriately designed for increasing the work efficiency and for rejuvenation.
By applying ergonomic principles to the design of any workplace furniture, greater functionality can be achieved, yielding higher productivity.
Ergonomically-minded interior design produces living spaces that are not only “easier” to live in but this approach to design seeks to create environments that are “usable by all people to the greatest extent possible which is flexibility in use, as the design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities and use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, is used efficiently and comfortably, the setup of employees workstations is incorporated in such a way to minimize the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.
Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use, regardless of the user’s body size, posture or mobility.
When working at a computer or workstation, you may experience postural discomfort, particularly if the same position is maintained for extended periods of time. This discomfort can be minimized with a well-designed and correctly adjusted workstation that supports correct posture. An understanding of office ergonomics principles, good workplace layout and managing tasks to incorporate regular postural breaks is also important, now a days many clients are updated about these trends coupled with their requirements and the safety of their employees.
A well designed workstation that has been adjusted correctly can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and improve overall comfort and productivity. For that, ‘Office Ergonomics’ information is provided so staff can correctly use and adjust their own workstation as well as arrange work tasks to minimize the risk of injury. Information can be sourced from internet and interior design magazines about office ergonomics.
As we work longer hours our health and wellbeing while at work are more important than ever, even the best ergonomic tools need to be used properly to provide to maintain healthy work posture as clients are very particular about the light positioning and light illumination of every area with respect to all other services for overall staff and themselves.
Finding work tools that adjust to the user, promote spontaneous movement and counter the negative effects of sedentary behavior is key for wellness at work. The active workspace is a thoughtful new concept that encourages balance, whether in traditional work set-ups or in home offices – can build more activity into their daily routine for long term health.
Adjusting oneself‘s computer monitor to achieve a comfortable posture along with other office ergonomics which includes
This can be achieved through appropriate distance – consider your vision, font size and screen resolution, height and location – i.e. monitor directly in front with top of monitor at eye level.
Also prolonged use of laptops in awkward postures should be minimized. Breaks should be taken more frequently when using a laptop. When using the keyboard & mouse, short breaks should be taken as we need to relax our hands /wrist.
Chairs are one of the most important pieces of office equipment. To be effective, the chair needs to be adjusted to suit the user. Hence adjust your chair, includes chair height, back rest, lumbar support, arm rests, seat depth.
Good posture is required to ensure the neck and spine do not suffer stiffness, sustained awkward postures may place unnecessary strain on back and neck which may lead to pain or injury.
Posture is the most important aspect when looking at workstation design. Chairs, work surface, accessories, monitor and input devices can help or hinder in maintaining good posture, but they cannot cause good posture. Simply having an ergonomic chair does not guarantee good posture, but merely facilitates neutral posture. It is up to the individual to learn and practice proper posture.
Organize your desk/work surface. Keep frequently used items close to you and within easy reach. Take opportunities to change posture e.g. stand to access items that are in the non-working area. It is very important that furniture and equipment is adjustable to fit the size, shape and set up preferences for as many users as possible.
Consider keeping items that are used infrequently in the non-working area or away from your desk to encourage you to stand up and move away from your workstation/seated position. This will promote blood circulation and assist you to take natural breaks from your workstation.
The layout of the workplace should be sufficient to allow people to enter and exit the workplace and to move about within the workplace without risk to health and safety, both under normal working conditions and in an emergency.
Good lighting in the workplace enables staff to see clearly and perform their work safely. Good lighting should enable employees to easily view their work and environment without the need to strain their eyes. Different activities require different levels and qualities of light.
Light is measured in lux and in most office environments the lux level is adequate for office tasks.
Lighting & Glare is caused by light shining directly onto your screen. Sources of light include windows and interior lights. To test if you have glare on your computer screen, turn off your monitor. If there are reflections on the blank screen, you have glare. To reduce the glare caused by window light, position your monitor so that your line of sight is parallel to the window; if this is not practical consider covering the window fully or partially. If interior lighting is causing the glare, the lights may be shaded/redirected to reduce glare.