Computer Ergonomics and the Office of the Future – Part 2

Part 2 includes information about phones, monitor screens and furniture for the office of the future.

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.

Desk Furniture and Filing Systems

There will be an increase in electric sit stand desks so that people can sit and stand within seconds. Sitting in one position all day does not promote movement and the body was made to move.

Standing is especially good for those experiencing back pain because it helps to keep the “s” curve of the back intact. The way most people sit in their desk chairs (slouched and slumped) is enough to create additional back injuries.

The desk must come with enough open space underneath so that knees are not bumping into drawers and furniture partitions. The legs must be able to move from one area to the next with complete ease.

I see fewer filing cabinets, as more and more documents will be stored electronically further decreasing office clutter…at least I hope because this may even save some trees! There will be more use of software to “file” these items for easy retrieval.

In Part 3 we will discuss….Architectural Innovations – Overhead Lighting, Partial Cubicles, Personal Storage and Homier Designs.