Ergonomics in daily life
Fatigue and lack of concentration are often the results of an ergonomically poor workplace. For the majority of employees, painful tension in the back muscles usually occurs first; Followed by headache, as well as discomfort in the hands and legs.
Investing in individually-adaptable workplaces significantly increases the health and satisfaction of employees, thus prompting a multitude of positive outcomes: more engagement, less absenteeism, and a more attractive corporate brand.
CHERRY STREAM KEYBOARD
If you’re looking for a keyboard for continuous office use, the CHERRY STREAM is the choice for you. It is extremely robust, with a key lifespan of over 20 million presses, and can be used immediately as its Plug & Play capability means that no software installation is required. It is also especially quiet and has an ultra-flat ergonomic top design with GS approval for fatigue-free working.
The keyboard also has 10 additional keys that allow you to control volume, multimedia functions and frequently used Office applications.
CHERRY MW 4500
The vertical mouse for the office and at home. The 45° tilted shape allows your hand to stay in a more natural position. This reduces the strain on your wrist and tendons, allowing you to work without fatigue.
The speed of the mouse can also be easily adjusted at the touch of a button and can be easily done in three stages.
CHERRY MW 8 ERGO
Treat yourself to the very best in ergonomics with the CHERRY MW 8 ERGO. This PC mouse adapts to your needs and also looks good on your desktop. The design also fits larger hands comfortably.
The thumb rest is optimized for fatigue-free work.Thanks to the high-precision sensor, this mouse works on almost all surfaces, including glass. Stress-free working through technology that thinks for itself - CHERRY MW 8 ERGO.
Interesting facts about ergonomics
What is ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the science of human work.
The word ergonomics comes from the Greek words ‘ergon’ (meaning work) and ‘nomos’ (meaning physical law or rule). The term describes the notion of adjusting working conditions to people. The aim of an ergonomic workstation is to design the basic working conditions in a way that minimizes stress.
Bad posture is a routine feature of daily life, particularly in office environments. By investing in ergonomic workstations, companies can increase the wellbeing of their employees.
How can I create an ergonomic workplace?
At work, people predominantly spend their days sitting in front of a screen, particularly in office settings. For this reason, ergonomic workstations are becoming increasingly important. Having your back or hands in the wrong position can lead to serious health problems. See ‘What is RSI/mouse arm?’
The basic principles of an ergonomic workstation are as follows:
- sufficient lighting/daylight
- adjustable temperature
- good humidity
- sufficient space to work
- low noise levels
- height-adjustable desk
- healthy upper-body posture
- healthy leg posture
- optimal seat height
- optimal seat width
Major standards on ergonomic requirements for employees include:
- Norm ISO 9241
- Norm ISO 10075
Adjustable desks and chairs make the most significant contribution to an optimal office workstation. However, it is essential computer equipment is not overlooked here. If employees suffer from neck tension or wrist pain despite having a height-adjustable desk, companies should look for ergonomic keyboards and mice.
What is RSI/mouse arm?
In medicine, RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) is an injury caused by repetitive strain/stress. Colloquially, the complaint is also referred to as ‘mouse arm’. The problem stems from stereotypical movements made when using keyboards and mice, which ultimately trigger the symptoms.
Preventive action, such as sports activities, can be used to counteract RSI. The next step is to consider an ergonomic workstation. An ergonomic mouse accommodates the natural hand position and therefore stops users from overstraining their wrist tendons. Suitable software can also help prolific typers to reduce the need for repeated key commands or mouse clicks.
Are there any ergonomic differences between right and left-handed people?
Ergonomics is all well and good, but we can only really do right by all of our employees if we approach their needs at an individual level. This also means thinking about the minorities in the company. Left-handed people have different requirements and their computer input devices must meet their needs, too. Left-handed people who use right-handed mice are automatically slower and prone to errors. It should be noted that situations in which left-handed people have to work in environments designed for right-handed people only ever result in problems. However, if companies offer ergonomic products that are also suitable for left-handed people, the employees affected will not only feel better, but also more appreciated at work.