Ergonomics goes flat

Ergonomics goes flat

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Have you ever wanted to work from the comfort of your own home?  Most of us do.  Boss won’t let you – no problem, no you can work from home right in your office. Altwork has spent years developing the ultimate workstation for HCU’s (hyper computer users).  The workstation is futuristic and super cool.  Your employees are going to want one of these. Before giving them one, consider the below.

Ergonomics has gone from sitting, to standing, to moving, to lying down.  And therein lies the problem.  We keep missing the point – we have to move (read Sit/stand is so last decade) and we need to move a lot. It reminds me of cell phones. Companies like Apple, Samsung and Motorola came out with big phones, then shrunk them down as small as possible, then increased the size to the point that Levi’s has to create new jeans to fit the things in the back pocket.  We just keep going in circles and forgetting the key issues.

Move or face obesity

Approximately two-thirds of the U.S. population is obese or overweight.  The obesity rate in the U.S. has doubled since the 1970’s (see same article as above) and one of the reasons for it is sedentary office work, not to mention sugary foods, remote controls, cell phones, golf carts on campus and every other modern convenience.  Heck, Field and Stream publish articles like getting fit to hunt because most of us don’t have the basic stamina to walk thru fields or take a hike in the mountains anymore.  Sorry, I hate to say it, but we have grown weak.

Why the big focus on obesity when I am telling you about a new super-cool ergonomic product?  Because obesity affects ergonomics.  Being out-of-shape affects ergonomics.  And when ergonomics puts you in the supine position, ergonomics becomes more serious and more of a challenge than you or I ever imagined (Pixar imagined it in the movie Wall-E).

Obesity leads to poor circulation, high blood pressure, diabetes, bad knees, bad back, shortness of breath and much, much more.  Getting fit is the real key to ergonomics and moving is the path to fitness.  Whether you sit, stand or lie down, you still need to move.  So, if you are going to implement the AltWork workstation or any other lying down workstation make sure you have an ergonomics program in place that requires movement.

What are the problems of working in a supine position?

  • falling asleep
  • blood circulation problems
  • being light headed when standing up (how do you feel after sitting in a dentist chair for two hours?)
  • space to fit the workstation (have a recliner at home?)
  • choking on the office pot luck

 

 

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