Monday, November 14, 2005

Get comfortable and crank up production

Considering ergonomics when designing an office ...

"The big, boxy desk has gone the way of the 5.25-inch floppy disk. In its place is an L- or U-shaped work area with expanded surfaces and leg room to spare. The one-size-fits-all office chair has given way to seating options with more adjustments than a VCR, and resource materials have come to your fingertips from bookcases across the room. While a number of factors have driven this office evolution into what Ellen Burnop, owner of New River Office Supply, calls the "cockpit arrangement," ergonomics has played a major role.

Simply stated, ergonomics is the study of human efficiency in the work environment. The Occupational Ergonomics Handbook, published in 1999, expands the definition to include "processes involved in designing things for effective human use, and creating environments that are suitable for human living and work. It recognizes that work methods, equipment, facilities, and tool design all influence the worker's motivation, fatigue, likelihood of sustaining an occupational injury or illness, and productivity."

Since time is money, it's beneficial that employees be equipped with workstations that enhance safety and comfort and promote effectiveness and productivity."   continued ...   (Via Blue Ridge Business Journal)

One size does not fit all. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

One size does not fit all.

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