Make Office Ergonomics Your Next Smart Move

Make Office Ergonomics Your Next Smart Move

What is Office Ergonomics

Keeping employees well and productive isn’t just about giving lectures on how to stop smoking or regulate blood pressure. Physical movement is one of the keys to keeping an office staff healthy.  It impacts work-related absenteeism (since prolonged sitting or standing stresses muscles and joints which can lead to musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs), and can overall affect a company’s performance.  Oftentimes, office movement is directly related to office design and the furniture utilized by the staff.  Conditions like unwieldy office chairs can cause ailments, and existing health problems to persist and worsen. That is why addressing the issue of office ergonomics come is so important.  Office ergonomics apply the science that lies behind the interactions people have with their environment, so personal well-being and office efficiency occur at a peak level.

Don’t Just Sit (or Stand) There

Sitting for long hours or standing for long periods of time will stress the body’s joints. Poor posture aggravates muscles and joints.  One very common example is an employee working in front of a computer screen.  Ever pick up a heavy bowling ball? A person’s head weighs between 10 pounds to 14 pounds. Leaning forward to glance at the computer screen with gravity pulling down on the head will gradually strain the upper two vertebrae out of alignment. This will pinch the nerves in the brainstem, an area located at the bottom of the neck and shoulders, which ultimately will cause health problems for the employee.  This risk, however, can be alleviated through regular movement, proper workstation arrangements and chairs that flex with the body.

Shake, Rattle, and Roll – or at Least Stretch

When the topic of movement in the office is brought up, most workers think the main reason is to burn calories. But that’s just one of the resulting benefits.  Moving, even small stretching exercises, maintains a healthy blood circulation and is important for the health of the muscles. You can also promote movement by adding some key types of furniture to your workspace.  Height adjustable desks (for both collaborative spaces and individual offices) as well as a conference table that can double as a ping-pong table are effective office additions that can help keep employees moving.  It’s important to note that the key is to avoid being in one position for too long. Standing while working, which helps with movement, should still be done in brief amounts of time, perhaps intervals of no more than 15 to 20 minutes.

Workstation Standards that Raise the Bar — For Best Office Ergonomics

Proper workstation set up is, according to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), “the first step in combating musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the office environment.”

OSHA standards are:

  • Aligning joints in the neutral position
  • Chairs adjusted correctly for the individual user
  • Backs supported
  • Computer monitors, keyboards, and accessories like a mouse are at the right height for the user

This is why adjustable office furniture is so important. Individual pieces can all be adjusted independently.

Sit On It with Confidence

Every office has people with a range of postures.  Chairs that don’t conform well to sitting positions can result in tight shoulders, breathing that’s constricted, and tightness in the thighs and throughout the legs.  That is why it’s important to have ergonomic chairs that allows users the freedom to move naturally while in a sitting position.  Ergonomically designed chairs like the Cherryman Eon Chair and 9 to 5 Seating’s Vesta Chair have lumbar support and an advanced tilt feature,  which helps these chairs to work well at conference tables and for individual office use.

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Top List of Office Furniture Manufacturers

Office Furniture Manufacturers that are California Cool

Today’s leading office furniture manufacturers provide office furniture that is easy to customize to the needs of employees. Whether you have an animation studio in Burbank or an architectural firm near downtown Los Angeles, a solution like open-plan desking from a maker like Maverick can create a welcoming collaborative work space.

California is home to several excellent office furniture manufacturers that create innovative and durable products for a range of businesses. An entrepreneurial spirit runs through each one and that includes a commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction.

Maverick Desk

In the early 90s, the founders of Maverick Desk were doing all the work of creating desks for customers, packing the items, and handling sales. The hands-on approach gave them the knowledge and understanding to meet customer demands. Today’s cutting-edge automation at their site in Los Angeles allows the company to manufacture custom desks, conference tables and other office products within 72 hours or less.

DeskMakers

Turn an ordinary reception area into an inviting space with a customizable reception desk that has a sleek appearance. Flexible office design for lobby furniture, conference tables, and case goods are a strength for DeskMakers.

From its beginnings in East Los Angeles in the mid-sixties, DeskMakers has grown to be one of the leading office manufacturers on the West Coast. Innovation, and laughter, are among the core values that guide their manufacturing process.

9 to 5 Seating

Ergonomically designed chairs that are manufactured well reduce muscle strain when sitting for long hours at a work station. 9 to 5 Seating in Hawthorne is a forward-thinking manufacturer crafting chairs to meet the needs of specific industries like healthcare, hospitality, and environments that demand heavy-duty seating.

In its 30 years, 9 to 5 Seating has developed an all-inclusive approach to manufacturing that handles an entire process from design to powder coating—like 10 factories in one facility.

Friant

Professional firms like credit unions and municipalities needing smart-looking office furniture are among the customers who appreciate products made by Friant. The San Leandro-based manufacturer also provides excellent storage solutions with free-standing cabinets.

Environmental awareness is built-in to Friant’s process, using LED lights in the factory that vary the amount of energy used according to the needs.

ERG International

Corporations, universities, and healthcare facilities needing soft seating in lounge areas or attractive and sturdy chairs for stacking can find what they need with ERG International. Based in Oxnard, the family-owned manufacturer that started in 1981 offers unlimited color selections for a range of tables, cabanas and chairs.

Its automated system results in high-quality products that meet rigorous environmental standards.

Via Seating

A chair is “the single most crucial factor that can impact your health and wellness at work,” according to Via Seating. Companies that want unique “motion seating” solutions can look closely at Via Seating’s product line, developed with more than 30 years of manufacturing experience.

Chairs are made for every possible task in an office including outdoor seating with an innovative design.

Every supplier that 2010 Office Furniture selects is carefully vetted for quality and compliance to environmental needs and safe manufacturing processes. Start-up offices and corporations wanting to re-configure their arrangements should contact 2010 Office Furniture for input on space planning.

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Refer to 2010 Office Furniture’s Commercial Office Furniture Partners page

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Los Angeles Friant Showroom at 2010 Office Furniture

Friant’s complete collection of office cubicles, open-plan benching and workstations is now on display at the Friant Showroom at 2010 Office Furniture. 2010 Office Furniture is the only dealer in Southern California exclusively housing Friant’s comprehensive full line of products. From the versatile frame and tile system Interra, to the robust panel system System 2, to the ergonomically height adjustable My-Hite workstations—we have it all. All customers and guests are now welcome to visit and experience first hand Friant’s full line of industry-acclaimed products that have over the years solidified the brand’s prestigious reputation in commercial office furniture and equipment.

FRIANT SHOWROOM LOCATION

2227 N Merced Ave.
South El Monte, CA 91733
Telephone:  (626) 444-2010
Toll Free:  (888) 618-2010

FRIANT SHOWROOM HOURS

Monday – Friday:  8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday:  Closed

All of Friant’s products are available to order and purchase through 2010 Office Furniture. While we feature only a select number of them on our website, we’ll be happy to assist you with anything specific you may be looking for. Please email or call us at 888.618.2010 and one of our specialists will contact you within 24 hours.

Los Angeles Maverick Desk Showroom at 2010 Office Furniture

Maverick Desk’s impressive full line of laminate desks, workstations, conference tables and more is now on display at the Maverick Desk Showroom at 2010 Office Furniture. 2010 Office Furniture is the only dealer in Southern California exclusively showcasing Maverick Desk’s comprehensive collection of products. From the incredibly modular Apex Series, to the beautifully innovative Napa Collection, to the ergonomically height adjustable Maverick Training Tables—we have it all. All customers and guests are now welcome to visit and experience first hand Maverick Desk’s complete line of industry-acclaimed products that have built their reputation as a top contender in commercial office furniture and equipment.

MAVERICK DESK SHOWROOM LOCATION

2227 N Merced Ave.
South El Monte, CA 91733
Telephone:  (626) 444-2010
Toll Free:  (888) 618-2010

MAVERICK DESK SHOWROOM HOURS

Monday – Friday:  8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday:  Closed

All of Maverick Desk’s products are available to order and purchase through 2010 Office Furniture. While we feature only a select number of them on our website, we’ll be happy to assist you with anything specific you may be looking for. Please email or call us at 888.618.2010 and one of our specialists will contact you within 24 hours.