The negative effects of poor office ergonomics

Many workers are in a constant mindset of getting things done as effectively as possible, focusing intently on the job that’s in front of them. Principles of ergonomic, the physical science of working more safely and efficiently, probably aren’t at the forefront of their minds. But they can play a huge role in a worker’s overall quality and productivity—especially if they’re bad.

Physical symptoms

Physical pain and discomfort are the most noticeable effect of bad work ergonomics, and many of the most serious effects make themselves apparent over time.

Muscle, joint, or back pain can be some of the first symptoms that arise. Some of the more known conditions that can appear after prolonged, bad posture include musculoskeletal disorders like tendonitis, carpal or radial tunnel syndrome, disc diseases, and trigger finger.

The long-term potential effects of inferior ergonomics can be especially surprising and harmful. Corrupted posture can create excessive compression on internal organs like the lungs and digestive tract, which can cause respiratory damage and stomach issues. Decreased circulation can lead to the formation of varicose veins. In worst-case scenarios, bad ergonomics can lead to excessive weight gain, which can contribute to the development of type-2 diabetes or heart disease.

Bad moods, stress, and mental fatigue 

Bad ergonomics can also result in diminished moods and mental fatigue. Just as bad posture compresses internal organs, it can do the same to the nerves throughout your spinal column.

Forward Head Posture is a condition that frequently occurs among workers who are bent over a computer screen for excessive amounts of time, and it exerts excessive pressure on the spinal cord. When that happens, the body’s nervous system becomes more restricted, which directly impacts one’s thought patterns and emotional demeanor—which can put a worker in a horrible, stressed-out mood.

Incorrect ergonomics can also restrict one’s oxygen flow, which can significantly reduce the overall capacity of one’s lungs. That can result in excessive tiredness or fatigue.

Lower productivity

All the above conditions, naturally, can have a direct and adverse effect on the amount and quality of one’s work productivity. Some may become so uncomfortable or ill that they need to take time off. Others who straggle into the office may be unable to do more than the absolute minimum work required.

Depressed office morale is a direct correlation of low productivity, as well. Those scrambling to meet a certain level of output to make up for absent workers may begin to feel resentful. Some may even quit to find a better opportunity where they can more easily meet expectations.


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