What is Ergonomics?

Correct Ergonomic Posture

Pictured: A monitor arm, “banana board” keyboard tray, ergonomic office chair and adjustable sit/stand desk form a complete ergonomic solution for any office.

What is ergonomics?

The International Ergonomics Association defines ergonomics as the “scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of the interactions among humans and other elements of a system and the profession that applies theoretical principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well being and overall system performance.” But what does this really mean?

Ergonomics is concerned with optimizing workplace comfort to maximize safety and employee productivity. To start thinking about how ergonomics affects your daily life, ask yourself some basic questions. For example, how many hours per day do you spend sitting in front of your computer? Does your computer sit on a desk, counter or on your lap? Do you use an external keyboard, mouse or monitor? Do you strain to see your monitor? How comfortable are you in your desk chair? Does your neck or back ache by the end of the day? Are your wrists sore? Ergonomics asks and addresses all of these questions and if you answered yes to any of them, you have spent time thinking about ergonomics.

At MCErgo, we’ve been thinking about ergonomics since 1979.

If you’d like to learn how ergonomic tools can enhance your comfort & productivity, you’ve come to the right place. We offer custom solutions using field proven brands like WorkRite, Steelcase, Humanscale, Allseating and Symmetry Office as well as our own brand new Bayside Seating line of office chairs. We’ll work to identify the best products for your situation and budget. With our knowledge of the latest in ergonomic technologies, we can assure you that you’ll be getting the best.

Thanks for stopping by our newly re-launched blog. We’re looking forward to sharing the latest in ergonomics with you on a weekly basis. If you have any questions, email us, tweet to us or give us a call.

Wired Magazine: “Sitting is the New Smoking”

Corporate director and speaker Nilofer Merchant contends that “sitting has become the smoking of our generation,” in her speech at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California this week, according to Wired magazine.

“Sitting is so incredibly prevalent we don’t even question it. It doesn’t even occur to us that it’s not ok.”

It’s great to see more publicity for the standing desk movement. We carry a number of standing and adjustable height desks at MCergo including WorkRite, Idea at Work, Steelcase, Humanscale and Symmetry.