Friday, October 24, 2008

The Office of the Future With Ergonomics in Mind - Part 2

Future ergonomic designs continued ...

"In Part 2 we will discuss phones, monitors, desks and filing systems for our office of the future. So let's get started!

Phones and Phone Systems

Does your phone often find a resting place between your head and your shoulders called the neck. If so, you may discover that using a headset is much more comfortable and productive.

You will not have that familiar neck ouch and will have both of your hands free while you are on hold, taking notes from your call or completing another task. This means that you will be more efficient.

Employees will be using many more wireless blue tooth headsets and will be able to walk all over the building and keep in touch like they are sitting at their desk. This will enhance their productivity and increase their multi- tasking.

Good and not so good because multi-tasking is a breeding ground for stress which can lead to repetitive stress injuries. In addition it is possible that the employee will not be paying attention to where they are going.

Monitors

Everyone will have a flat panel monitor. They may even be standard when ordering new computer systems. They create openness on the desk that is more visually appealing and relaxing. There may actually be some extra room for family pictures!

I see larger screens directly in front of computer user so that they can have "face to face" phone meeting with those at other sites anywhere in the world. People must have the flexibility to "accept" the visual phone call so that their privacy is not invaded. Also, the monitor must be placed at a comfortable distance so as not to affect their eyes.

These large monitor screens will allow you to see who you are talking too but too large to work with comfortably. It is important for the head and neck to be in a natural posture when looking at the screen instead of moving back and forth, which can create pain."    (Continued via EzineArticles, Wendy Young)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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