The Miracle of Modern Modular Office Cubicles & their Impact on Productivity

As you sit there in your ergonomically designed Modular Office, with the correct office chair, surrounded by truly functional modular office furniture and fittings, the irony of the situation is more than likely that you are not the boss, but have nicer furniture around you than the bosses of many companies had in years gone by. Modular Office Furniture or Cubicles have come so far! You have the privacy and quiet that you need, with lots of storage space and shelving. No more drab colors, but instead, a beautiful mahogany (well melamine anyway) desk, bookcase, and credenza - all richly appointed, warm, and elegant. Your work area is truly a versatile and functional surrounding, but at the same time stylish and welcoming. You don't dread coming into the office. How could you with modular office furniture appointed with designer handles, ball-bearing drawer slides and so much room for your projects that you can arrange everything just how you want it without feeling like the space cramps your style and creativity.

And that is one of the nice things about Modern Office Cubicles. It makes workers more productive and happy. It can be expanded as the needs of business grow, and it comes in a huge variety of configurations, colors, and styles. Office desks, conference tables, reception desks, comfortable chairs, efficient filing systems, printer stands and computer stations, complete workstations and cubicles; all of these modular office furniture pieces and arrangements have changed the office landscape into a modern wonder of efficiency and peace.

In recent years, workers, employers and regulators have come to recognize the importance of making offices ergonomic. An ergonomic office is essential in helping prevent injuries due to cumulative trauma from repetitive tasks such as typing.

Buying ergonomic furniture or other equipment and hiring consultants to teach your workers how to protect themselves against injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome can be expensive. But the costs of not making that investment are much higher -- and sometimes ruinous. Employers must often pay for medical treatment or workers' compensation for employees injured by repetitive work. In extreme cases, workers with serious workplace-related cumulative trauma injuries have sued their employers under OSHA regulation 51(a), which requires employers to provide a safe environment for their employees. The hidden costs of cumulative trauma injuries are even more damaging. Avoidable injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and back strain cut into workers' productivity, sometimes forcing employees to miss work or change careers altogether. In fact, experts estimate that the hidden costs of cumulative trauma injuries are two to seven times as great as the visible costs.

Before your employees complain of sore forearms or wrists or lower back pain, invest in making your office ergonomic. Think of it as an investment in your employees. The fact that you are willing to invest in their well-being can also help build loyalty, boost morale and improve employee retention. And if that's not incentive enough, consider this: OSHA has proposed standards to force employers to make their offices ergonomic.

With that in mind, try these five ways to improve the ergonomics of your office:

  1. Set up computer stations properly. Desks are made for writing, not for computing. Standard desk height is 30 inches; consultants recommend 27- or 28-inch work stations for people who spend at least half of their work time at a computer. The wrong keyboard height can lead to wrist, back, neck and shoulder strain. Monitors should be set up so that the top line of type is between eye level and 15 degrees below eye level. Proper positioning can prevent neck and back problems.
  2. Buy adjustable chairs. Make sure your chairs have adjustable height, rotating five-wheel bases, tiltable seats and adjustable back rests. Employees should familiarize themselves with their chairs' features so they can position the chairs for maximum comfort. Knees, hips and elbows should be kept at right angles when sitting. If your employees share workstations or are frequently moving to different desks, encourage them to always adjust the height and backrest of whatever chair they are using that day.
  3. Keep muscles fresh by providing support and adjusting position. Proper support for sensitive body parts encourages blood flow, which carries oxygen to muscles and carts away waste. Consider buying forearm rests and wrist cushions to use while typing or footrests for employees whose feet don't rest squarely on the floor. Tell everyone to adjust their position repeatedly throughout the day so that they don't continually fight gravity with the same muscles.
  4. Set up desks so that workers can avoid repeating difficult tasks. For example, a worker shouldn't have to make an awkward reach for a frequently used folder.
  5. If you or an employee experiences physical discomfort at work, act immediately. Even a small delay can turn a small problem into a major one. And don't hesitate to call a consultant: A single appointment could prevent a serious injury.

A healthy workplace is vital for employee performance and productivity, which, in turn, leads to growth and profit. Companies have to invest in the right kind of environment to boost employee satisfaction, well being, and productivity. This can be achieved by doing Ergonomic Evaluations of the current workplace, or by using ergonomically designed modular office concepts during the space planning and design phase of a new office.

Companies are choosing office cubicles for the modern office. Cubicles are revolutionary inventions merging privacy with integration. Cubicles keep employees engaged and connected with the rest of the workforce during the workday without sacrificing privacy. They create a good private and communal balance. Everybody needs his/her personal space, but also, socializing boosts mood and improves employee morale. Both privacy and feeling of community are central to productivity and creativity. Best ideas are nurtured when there's a feeling of community, solidarity, where employees can easily interact with each other. The need for a workplace that promotes team spirit is crucial. Employees who feel social support in their workplace are far less likely to face serious depression problems, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health. People who said they felt their colleagues' support in a time of crisis were spared the rigors of job stress. In the study, men and women who felt little social support at work were two to three times more likely to suffer depression problems.

Studies show that when people are happy at work, they tend to perform better, persist longer and choose higher goals. Thus, using the miracle of the Modern Modular Office Concept is the route to a healthier and more productive work environment, directly impacting company performance and ultimate success.

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