ClickCease Uncommon, Important Ergonomic Equipment Factors - Pt. 1 - No More Pain Ergonomics

When choosing ergonomic equipment there are a few factors that could be missed and create more pain and discomfort at work.  We're here to highlight some important factors that should be addressed to ensure you are getting the optimal equipment for your individual workspace.


The type of footwear we wear at work is critically important as to how equipment is used. Below are some guidelines around footwear in the office space to consider when assessing ergonomics.

  • Wear ShoesSimple, yet important. Although it is more comfortable to take the shoes off while 

    working, for safety reasons it is essential to keep shoes on at all times to ensure toes and feet are safe 

    from obstacles, items being dropped on them, etc.

  • Shoes with Grip - Wear shoes that have a good grip on the base, this eliminates any risk of trips or falls

     on slippery surfaces around the office or walking to and from work.

  • Seated Position - Using shoes with a heel lifts the height of the lower legs, this in turn will impact the 

    angle of the ankles, knees and hips when seated. This also applies when using a footrest

  • Standing Position - Similar to sitting, standing using shoes with heels can become painful when 

    prolonged or continual standing throughout the day occurs. It also affects the height of standing when

     using a standing desk. Correct body position is crucial to ensure the equipment is able to adjust to the person at the workstation.

Phone Use

If you are experiencing neck pain while working at the office desk, it may be way and for how long the phone is used.  Even without holding the phone to the shoulder while talking (which is a big mistake... big, huge.), but our natural tendency is to tilt our heads to the side while using a hand held phone.  This may eventually be the cause of a neck injury or pain requiring time off work and rehabilitation.

  • Consider How Long You Use The Phone - If you find you use the phone even a few times a day could 

    be problematic in the long term.  

  • Position of the Desk Phone - When considering ergonomics, it is important to ensure you are 

    mitigating the need to reach while seated at the desk.  Ensure the phone is placed within arms length without requiring to move the torso.  Place the phone on the standing desk so that you do not need 

    to reach down to use the it.  Position the desk on the opposite side to your dominant hand (if you are

     right handed, place the desk phone on your left hand side), this allows for your dominant hand to 

    write notes or dial numbers.

  • Convert to Using a Soft Phone - businesses are beginning to see the benefits of using a 'soft phone' 

    that allows the user to call, take calls, control calls through an application on their computers, as 

    opposed to the physical desk phone that requires space and reaching.

  • Use a Headset - Headsets have been the most optimal solution to neck pain from desk phone use.  

    They are available with different function (e.g. wireless/bluetooth, control panel on cord, pick up/hang

     up call, in-built microphone) that allows the user to use the phone without any reaching at all.

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