What is Ergonomics and How Does it Affect Your Work?

In the office furniture industry we hear the word “ergonomic” tossed around on a daily basis, but those outside our industry might not really understand what “ergonomics” is all about.

To break it down in a simple way – Ergonomics is the study of the kind of work you do, the environment you work in and the tools you use to do your job.


The goal of office ergonomics is to set up your office workspace so that it fits you and the job you are doing.  When your workstation is set up right you may:

  • Be less likely to have problems such as headaches or eyestrain
  • Reduce neck and back pain
  • Prevent conditions that are linked to doing the same task over and over (RSI – Repetitive Stress Injury)

It’s common for injury and illness to happen at work.  Both can cost you and your employer time and money, not to mention affect how well you do your job.  Working intensely over long periods of time without taking breaks greatly increases your risk for musculoskeletal injuries.

Taking regular breaks from your work and doing stretching exercises may reduce the risk of injury.  Try taking 3-5 minute breaks or changing your task or posture every 20-40 minutes.  Sounds easy, but as we all know, once we get to work on something we can easily find ourselves sitting/working statically for hours.

Using Swopper and Muvman and/or adjustable height desks can make this task of optimizing your worklife by improving it with ergonomic design and funtion easier than ever.

Have a question about ergonomics? Leave a comment, and I’ll do my best to answer them.

~ Sandra Bowie, Motion Seating Director


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