Ergonomic office cubicles help people work more happily and more efficiently. Ergonomics can make a small workspace seem larger and more comfortable. Many additions to contemporary office styles can positively influence the happiness and workflow for all employees. Three of the most important of these additions are ergonomic lighting, ergonomic chairs, and ergonomic cubicle desks.
Ergonomic office cubicles must have good lighting to support workflow. Employees require a balanced distribution of light across their computer monitors. Whenever there is a combination of glare and shadow on a screen, the worker’s eyes are strained to make out graphics and text. To preempt this, we often mount a softer incandescent type of light that is bright enough to illuminate the desk for paperwork yet is not so bright that it creates glare. When appropriate, we may use glass panel inserts in ergonomic office cubicles so that a blend of overhead and natural light takes the place of task lighting.
In addition to balanced luminance, workers need office chairs that are rated to support the back, legs, and arms for a full 8 hours. Many discount chairs that boast of “ergonomic features” are not truly ergonomic. Rated at only 5 hours, they do not feature the full adjustability that makes a chair truly ergonomic. To fully support good seating posture, ergonomic office cubicle chairs must support both the upper back and the lower back. Most backrests follow the s-curve of the spine and allow the worker to adjust the tilt so that the spine is vertical to the floor.
The seat needs to be set to a height that keeps the worker’s feet flat on the floor and the knees bent at a 90-degree angle. For most people, this height measures between 16 and 20 inches. Armrests should be set to a height that allows the forearms to rest at a height even with the edge of the desk. A worker in this position can type at a keyboard for hours without experiencing cramps in the fingers, wrists, or elbows.
Desks areas should allow workers to access everything they need without having to lean forward, stand up, or twist their backs to reach something. Our ergonomic office cubicles typically house desks that stand 28-30 inches from the floor and measure between 20 and 30 inches deep. Most of the time, they feature a “U-shaped” design that wraps around the worker on either side, making it easier to organize peripherals, paperwork, and office supplies.
Some of the newest ergonomic office cubicles add a “sit-stand” section to the desk. This allows the employee to elevate a portion of the work surface and work from a standing position. Multiple studies have shown that being able to alternate between sitting and standing is good for the human body. Not only does it allow workers to stretch their legs, it also provides the worker with physical exercise that breaks up the monotony of the workday.
Cubicle World builds ergonomic office cubicles in our own factory. Workstations carry parts and labor warranties, and pricing includes shipping and installation. Call today and request a free design layout drawing.
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