Tuesday, March 13, 2007

3 Hidden Costs of Office Ergonomics

Ergonomically designing an office can add to productivity ...

“We did an independent survey with one firm and found that 60 per cent of the reasons that people gave for leaving that firm were to do with their core workplace environment,” recalls Nick Cook, managing director at consultancy Haywards. Poor lighting, poor storage, poor desk configuration, and poor worker interaction because of badly designed office space were all factors in their decisions.

How an office’s technical infrastructure is configured can lead to quantifiable improvements in productivity. Here’s a list of three office infrastructure pitfalls that lower employee satisfaction and productivity:

1. Poor Lighting
“When you ask people what the most important thing is to them in the workspace, 36 per cent say that natural light is a major concern,” says Cook.

2. Improper Heating and Ventilation
Inadequate ventilation can cause carbon dioxide to accumulate in areas of the office – watch for employees yawning.

And the temperature needs to be kept between 18 and 22 degrees centigrade. People slow down for every degree the temperature rises above about 22°C.

Replacing cathode ray tube monitors with flat-screen LCDs will greatly reduce heat output, while improving user productivity."    (Continued via The Ergonomenon)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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