An Ergonomic Evaluation?

Sunday, May 13, 2012
Posted in category Just Stuff

On Friday, at the office, I had an Ergonomic Evaluation from a lady in the Ergonomic Department. When you work for a gargantuan company, yes, you have stuff like an “ergo dept.” Too cool. Another reason I like my job. Anyway, I need an ergonomic solution because, six weeks post-hip surgery, all the sitting at work is causing me issues/pain, etc.

So, I was wearing a skirt and slightly slumped back in my chair (my bad; my chiropractor would frown) when the Ergo Expert comes into my humble office. She starts taking notes, and asks, “How tall are you?” 5’3″, I said. She looks down at me and wrinkles her forehead and smiles: “You are all legs. I’ve never seen legs like that on a woman your height.” I said, “Yeah, I love it, but the unfortunate trade-off is that I have no torso. My legs connect directly to my boobs.” She thought it was funny.

They are fixing me up with some equipment to sit me up higher, raise my monitor, place my feet on an adjustable footrest, etc. Additionally, my surgeon will sign a “medical need” form which will allow me to finally get what I have always wanted: a stand-up work station. Thus I will have two docking stations for my laptop, and I will be able to easily switch between docking stations and thus move between sitting and standing positions throughout the day. I have wanted this for a long time, but unfortunately, due to the cost of a custom build, it is required that you have a medical need, such as surgery, a chronic condition, etc.

Truly, though on the surface the whole ‘ergonomic thing’ may seem a bit politically correct, it’s great that companies are starting to care about the day-to-day working conditions of their employees. The constant repetitive motions we often do, on the job, can often be injurious, or even debilitating, because our bodies did not evolve to be fully capable of handling our 21st-century, repititious work habits.

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3 Responses to An Ergonomic Evaluation?

  1. TomGinTX says:

    May 13th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I don’t use a standing desk at work right now, but I have done it a couple of times in the past, for a few months each time. You don’t need expensive equipment. Several computer boxes with the styrofoam still inside, duct taped together, will work great.

    Having the extra docking station will make switching between standing and sitting. Good idea. 

  2. splash daddy says:

    May 15th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    A lift table for a desk works well for this. A foot switch to raise and lower allows you to calibrate the height precisely for your comfort. With this design we have found that many people will use three positions – a chair, a stool that allows you to stand with some support, and standing. Also if you are going to be standing for extended periods a fatigue mat is helpful.

    While a good quality lift table will cost more than an extra docking station the precision adjustments (which may vary daily) it allows directly address the ergonomic issues much better than a fixed height.

  3. Tommy Udo says:

    May 16th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Ergonomic Department? When I worked at a big company, we had to attend a lecture by a woman who was an expert on what colors we should wear. She brought scarves. The corporate world is full of wasteful silliness.

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