Have you noticed that your employees aren’t quite living up to their full potential? Do you know that your workers could be more productive but you’re just not sure why their motivation is falling short? Well, it could be due to something as fixable as being in pain or uncomfortable.

As someone who spends the majority of their time sitting in a desk in front of a computer screen, I can attest to the fact that it’s not always a comfortable position to be in. Sometimes, though, it can get downright painful. Desks and chairs might be designed to be functional but that doesn’t always mean that they’re easy to work with. It turns out that there’s more to a desk than a large piece of wood with legs on the bottom.

Unexpected Sources of Pain

An ergonomically designed workspace can help minimize or even eliminate back pain, wrist pain, headaches, and strain. It’s very possible that these are some of the things that are decreasing productivity in your own company. After all, it’s not easy to concentrate or focus when you’re in physical discomfort.

Workspace injuries due to poor design are not uncommon, even for those who spend most of their time at a desk. Pain due to strain and even subluxation degeneration is not uncommon. There are solutions to these problems, however.

According to OSHA’s website, poorly designed space can have affect on workers in more ways than one. For instance, insufficient space under the desk may result in “discomfort and performance inefficiencies” which could include generalized fatigue, back pain, and even circulation restrictions.  A solution to this would be to make sure that your workers have plenty of space under their desks for their feet and to enable them to change their posture from time to time.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a big risk for those who spend a lot of time in front of their keyboard and on her video entitled “Workspace Ergonomics”. Dr. Amy Grabowski recommends that users use a wrist pad under their wrist to help prevent this from occurring.

Back pain is something that can definitely make an employee less productive and sometimes improper posture caused by the desk chair can be to blame. A good ergonomic chair, however, can take the pressure off from certain places on the back and improve posture. This, in turn, can have a positive effect on back pain.

If you’re like me and sit for hours at a time in front of a desk in poor posture then you can walk away feeling as though you’ve just lifted a 150 pound weight. The right kind of back support can help this immensely.

Easing Workstation Discomfort

Ergonomic workspaces are designed to consider the body’s mechanics. Keeping the head and neck at the right angle, holding your arms and wrists properly, and even having your feet touch the floor at all times are all things that are important. Over time, improper posture or stance can lead to severe pain and problems.

Of course, encouraging your employees to vary their postures by getting up, walking around, and taking breaks is also a good idea. Staying in one position for too long is never a good idea for anyone.

The more uncomfortable a person is, the more likely they are not going to be productive. I know that I am always at my most productive when I feel relaxed. An aching back, throbbing head, or sore wrists make me focus on the pain rather than what I should really be doing. Over time, even a small amount of pain can divert the attention from where it needs to be.

Changing s workspace to an ergonomically supportive environment can be extremely helpful. Pain can actually drain the energy out of an individual and make it tough for them to perform at the productivity level that you know they are capable of.  Making your employees comfortable should really be a top priority in your office since it directly affects your company’s overall performance level.

Jason Munroe is a full time writer. As someone who spends the majority his of time in front of his computer, he understands the importance of feeling comfortable and pain-free and is currently working with the help of chiropractors in Steinbach, MB to find ways to make his work more ergonomically friendly..