An Ergonomic Evaluation?Sunday, May 13, 2012
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.