Ergonomics in the Office

Office Ergonomics: What is it? Why is it Important? How to Implement it at Your Desk and in Your Office.

Ergonomics is the art of designing anything people use – workspaces, equipment, furniture – to best minimize the risk of injury or harm. Why is it important? According to OSHA, MSD (Musculoskeletal Disorder) cases accounted for 33% of all worker injury and illness cases in 2013. Many of these injuries could have been avoided through proper office ergonomics.

Healthy work habits can help lessen muscle fatigue, increase productivity and reduce the number and severity of work-related injuries. Examples of such disorders include carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, muscle strains and lower back injuries. In addition, office ergonomics can help avoid other costly incidents, such as falls and accidental injuries.

As a business owner, you are responsible for creating a safe and healthy workplace in order to do your work and meet your objectives. Here are some tips for making sure all your ergonomic needs are met:

Develop an ergonomic plan. You should have written guidelines in place that you can check regularly as a reminder of the importance of office ergonomics. The goal is to be able to identify ergonomic risk factors, quantify them, and then make measurable improvements.

Things you may want to include in your ergonomics plan:

  • Keep work areas free of debris/clutter to avoid trips and falls
  • Make sure back and neck are supported – sustained awkward postures can lead to injury
  • Invest in ergonomic-friendly furniture and support devices as needed
  • If you use a phone often, purchase a headset to avoid repetitive use injuries
  • Make sure the computer monitor is at the correct height to avoid neck strain
  • Take micro-breaks/stretching breaks to help relieve muscle strain
  • Keep frequently used objects, such as your mouse and keyboard, close enough to avoid excessive reaching
  • Posture is important – The right desk and chair will help but a conscious effort to sit up straight is key
  • Be good to your eyes. Take regular breaks by looking away from your screen, control screen glare, and positioning the monitor far enough away to avoid eye strain

Schedule regular assessments. Office ergonomics is most likely not going to be top of mind for you, or your greatest priority. Schedule regular times to read through your guidelines and ensure that you are still following the best practices you have set for yourself. Quarterly is a good time to do this.

Be good to your body. Getting plenty of sleep, drinking enough water, exercising regularly and taking stretch breaks will do wonders for you – especially if you spend the majority of your day sitting behind a desk. While these activities seem obvious, we tend to neglect our own needs in favor of getting things done. However, you will be amazed at how productive you become and how much better you feel when your basic needs are being met.

While ergonomics can be applied in a diverse number of jobs, they are often associated with an office environment. With the average adult spending 50-70% of the day sitting down at work, healthy habits and practices are the best prevention against future pain and discomfort. Office ergonomics will increase your comfort and efficiency, as well as help to reduce stress. Taking ergonomics into consideration is easy to implement and will ultimately make your business a more profitable (and comfortable!) place.

To learn more about proper body mechanics at your desk, watch this video by Certified Ergonomic Assessor, Ashley Greninger and visit her website at: www.lotusheartposture.com for more info.

Hiring a Professional Organizer is about more than just clearing off your desk, it’s about making room in your space (and your mindset) to bring in more motivation and productivity than ever before. It’s also an opportunity to create a process for organization designed specifically for you and the way you function.

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5 Really Good Reasons to Work with a Professional Organizer

As a business professional, it may feel like you are juggling many tasks at once, all the time. While being more organized would certainly help you feel more productive (while preserving some sanity), you probably struggle with finding the time to get it all done. Am I right?

In order to free up your time to focus on the more important things in your life, you’re going to need to call for reinforcements. Here is a breakdown of benefits you might not realize you’ll receive by hiring a Professional Organizer to come in and save the day!

1. Experience & Training – A Professional Organizer is a professional, not a hobbyist. While most Professional Organizers are naturally gifted with the ability to be organized, there is more to this professional than just innate talent. A Professional Organizer is a business person, and as a business person, will have experience and training that extends beyond their natural ability to plan, sort and declutter. The ongoing training and experience a Professional Organizer gains over the course of their career enables them to be more effective in helping clients achieve their varied and personalized organizational goals.

2. Non- Judgmental – A Professional Organizer is non- judgmental. As a Professional Organizer, we know that life happens and therefore disorganization happens. Any Professional Organizer that is a member of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) has been diligently trained in ethical best practices per the NAPO Code of Ethics, which you can read more about HERE. It is also important to note that as a Professional Organizer, all client information remains confidential between client and Professional Organizer. Tell that little voice in the back of your head to calm down, hiring a professional doesn’t mean enduring judgment.

3. Identify YOUR Unique Organizational Style – Being organized is not a one-size fits all. There are no hard and fast organizational rules that apply to every person or situation. While there are general guidelines that Professional Organizers follow to help direct the organizing process, a Professional Organizer will also have familiarity with different learning and organizational styles. A Professional Organizer will help you identify what your unique organizational style is and leverage that style to help you get organized. Feel confident about speaking up regarding what does (and doesn’t) work for you and trust that your Professional Organizer will be able to create a plan or environment that suits you and increases your productivity.

4. Customization – In addition to identifying your unique organizational style, a Professional Organizer will work with you to develop customized solutions specific to you or your business. Whether a Professional Organizer is working with you in your home, or in the context of a professional practice, they will leverage their skills, experience, and understanding of individual and group needs to customize solutions to achieve your specific goals.

5. Skills Transfer – While a Professional Organizer can come in and aid in the physical work of getting you organized, it is also their intention to teach you how to maintain organization moving forward. After identifying your organizational style and implementing a customized system, a Professional Organizer will teach you how to use this system to prevent backsliding after the session is over. They may point out potential pitfalls and encourage you to develop new habits or company-wide changes.

Hiring a Professional Organizer is about more than just clearing off your desk, it’s about making room in your space (and your mindset) to bring in more motivation and productivity than ever before. It’s also an opportunity to create a process for organization designed specifically for you and the way you function.

This is just some of the value you can get when partnering with GetReorganized.com™. If you’d like more tips, advice or suggestions on how to be more productive and organized, sign up for our FREE newsletter by emailing info@getreorganized.com.

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What Do I Do With This?? Decluttering Guide Cards

When decluttering a room or a closet it helps to have some options about what you should do with your stuff.  It's not always easy letting things go, or knowing why and when to let things go. These Decluttering Guide Cards will help you identify what to do with items as you declutter your closet, garage, attic, or office.

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