Workplace wellness

Is computer use killing productivity?

Jobs that involve working with computers are not typically associated with workplace injuries, due to the lack of exposure to hazardous chemicals, strenuous exertion, or moving parts. There are, however, a number of health and safety risks that come with the prolonged use of computers. The potential injuries inflicted by working with computers are subtle and manifest over a long period of time. While the risk of electric shock and death by electrocution is real, the vast majority of computer-related health issues result in disability and lost productivity. These health threats include eye strain and repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Eyestrain is called computer vision syndrome when it involves computer screens. When the user starts experiencing soreness of the eyes, headaches, blurred vision, or dryness, this may be a sign of CVS. This condition is a regularly occurring problem for people who spend a long time sitting in front of a computer screen. The office furniture industry now recognises that increasing screen adjustability using monitor arms is the best way to alleviate risk.

The increased flexibility allows users to reduce the amount of glare on the screen by directing it away from windows and other sources of bright light. The correct distance between the user’s head and the monitor, which is between 18 and 24 inches is also essential to prevent or alleviate eye strain. Changing the monitor’s brightness and contrast settings, as well as the screen resolution are other methods that help. Simply making the screen easier to adjust results in better working, increased productivity and decreased levels of staff absence.

Even small changes can make a big difference when it comes to workspace health and safety. While the risks associated with computer use are not high, they often have an effect on one’s vision, muscles and spine. In recent years, it is welcome that businesses have started investing in measures designed to increase staff happiness and productivity. Staff comfort and healthy working are basic necessities; companies wanting energetic personnel should now be taking a good hard look at their workstations.

Brian Foster

Brian is an experienced project sales professional, with the ability to provide simple solutions to the many complex problems that arise in the office furniture industry. His roles include product design, office layout design, quoting, and a range of other marketing/sales activities.

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