According to Gensler’s U.S. Workplace Survey, a staggering 70% of employees’ weekly activities involve sitting at a desk with another 20% spent sitting in meetings. The negative impact of prolonged sedentary work can range anywhere from damaged joints and chronic pain, to increased risk of asthma, diabetes, obesity and fatigue, all of which directly correlate to a decrease in individual and organizational productivity. As studies continue to shed light on these detrimental hazards, our focus has turned towards applied ergonomics and effective strategies for improving the health and well-being of employees.
Humanscale® offers research-based ergonomic training and assessment programs that teach participants how to evaluate workstations for fit, make adjustments to improve worker comfort and deliver employee education for behavioral change. Corporate Design Interiors’ Director of Design, Jen Kilp, recently earned her certification as a Certified Office Ergonomics Evaluator (COEE) and is now assisting CDI’s clients with ergonomic assessments to ensure proper steps are taken to promote a healthy physical environment. Let’s outline what you can expect from an ergonomic evaluation and how a consultation can improve comfort and efficiency within your workplace.
“An improperly designed workstation with unsupported equipment not only risks serious musculoskeletal disorders, but decreases organizational profitability over time. Ergonomic assessments ensure that there is a focus on employee health and wellness and optimize the physical environment for maximum productivity.”
Jen Kilp, CDI’s Director of Design
Ergonomic Assessment Process
Step 1: Pre-Assessment Survey
Prior to the evaluator’s visit, employees are asked to complete a pre-assessment survey. This survey will help the evaluator better understand the workers’ individual characteristics, daily activities and current discomfort levels.
Step 2: Identification of Hazards
Once the pre-assessment survey is complete, the evaluator will identify and document sources of musculoskeletal risk. This involves taking photos of workstations and recording any possible sources of risk.
Image Source: Office Snapshots, G.A.S. Offices in Auckland, New Zealand
Step 3: Equipment Review
The primary goal of this step is to assess the existing degree of fit between the equipment and the employee. Throughout the review, all existing workstation equipment will be documented and evaluated based on established ergonomic standards.
Step 4: Training and Education
During this stage of the evaluation process, the evaluator highlights the fact that symptom improvement is largely based on an employee’s openness to breaking habits and accepting the need for change. Equipment alone will not yield positive results. Challenges are discussed and clear expectations are set. The evaluator educates employees on ergonomic safety practices and discusses what tools can be used to ensure health and wellness within the office.
Step 5: Ergonomic Intervention
Following ergonomic training and education, the evaluator will make any workstation adjustments and discuss equipment upgrades that may be available. Equipment is only recommended in situations where current limitations have been discussed and opportunities for postural improvement have been clearly identified.
Step 6: Post Assessment Check-Up
Four to six weeks after the ergonomic assessment, employees are asked to complete a follow-up survey. The goal of this survey is to ensure worker comfort has been improved and that equipment changes have been implemented properly. A photo comparison will allow for pre / post comparisons and the evaluator can gauge what ergonomic tools have since been utilized.
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Our Commitment to You
It is our mission to create functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement. We are passionate about what we create and we are devoted to exceeding our client’s expectations. Offering comprehensive ergonomic evaluations is now another way in which the team at Corporate Design Interiors can provide an amazing client experience throughout the life-cycle of needs. Ergonomically-friendly furniture that is properly utilized will minimize health risks, optimize the physical environment to ensure proper support and promote both productivity and well-being for employees and guests.
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Corporate Design Interiors (CDI) is an industry-leading commercial furniture dealership whose award-winning product knowledge, thoughtful design coupled with strategic planning deliver functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement. CDI’s relentless focus on delivering positive workplaces mirroring the culture and vision of companies while delivering a high value investment has earned CDI diverse clients including; established Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits/public sector and energetic startups.
As a “Select” Kimball dealer, CDI’s excellence in sales, partnership, quality improvement, community involvement and overall business best practices earned it the 2017 Kimball Premier Partner Award. CDI was selected among 52 other Kimball Select dealerships throughout the country for this industry-leading honor, earning additional praise for its company culture and enterprise practices.
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