Office ergonomics

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Ergonomics is defined as the study of how people work in their environment. It includes how people sit at their computers e.g. Computer workstation assessment and desk set up, ergonomic chair etc. However, it also applies to human interaction in a physical work environment more generally. The goal is often to reduce discomfort, pain and injury.

Sardine Rage Picture Sardine Rage – open plan office work space can create overcrowding and tension!!!

With the growth in the use of open-plan offices over the last decade and the resulting reduction of personal work-space, the term "Sardine Rage" has emerged. This rage manifests itself when people begin getting frustrated over a barrage of new noises, unwanted smells, territorial disputes and cramped conditions. We discuss what can be done below.

Brain-Exercise Lose it or Use it - Are you Giving Your Brain Enough Exercise?

Made any New Years resolutions lately? New Years resolutions often involve a promise to one-self to increase physical exercise. However, we should also remember to take care of our brains. Our brains are often ignored or taken for granted. Yet to ensure top brain performance, they need exercised like everything else!

good breathing "Good Breathing" Corrects Posture and Boosts Energy at Work   

Breathing…it’s an action we do about 100,000 times each week of our lives. And for most of the time we are not even consciously aware that we are breathing, let alone whether we are breathing well. “Good Breathing” is however essential to healthy posture and positive energy levels

Standing desk picture Could a Standing desk help to reduce work related illness from sedentary tasks??

A study recently conducted by the University of Western Australia has shown that having a sedentary job, including sitting for a long time in front of a computer, increases the chances of contracting distal bowel cancer and rectal cancer.

eye-strain  Are your eyes feeling the strain?

Studies show that more than 50% of computer users experience eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and other visual symptoms. These symptoms can lead to body fatigue and reduced efficiency at work.

 officeplants  Greening up the office has great benefits!

Research carried out in recent years has shown that adding indoor plants into your office workspace has many benefits not only for the environment but also for the staff that work there.

heart disease long hours Long hours at work cause heart disease! 

Recent research has found that people who work eleven or more hours per day have a 60% higher risk of heart-related problems than those who work a normal eight hour day. Find out what you can do to reduce work hours.

Large person at desk The Real Cost of Obesity at Work

Oscar (O.C.) or better known as Oscar Office Chair, was complaining to me recently about his increasingly heavy work-loads and the longer working hours that he has had to endure over the last few years. I realise as an HR Manager I need to take action and start encouraging staff to live a healthy lifestyle!