Ergo Flex vs. Ergo Tray ft. (@tkskingdom)

Ergo Flex vs. Ergo Tray ft. (@tkskingdom)

We had recently partnered with TK for our birthday giveaway, and boy was it spectacular. We’ve successfully sent out a whopping 30 Ergo Flexs’ to 30 lucky winners across the country, and their feedback was outstanding.

In case you’ve missed it, check out our recent Instagram collaboration with TK (@tkskingdom).

Receive 20% off your Ergo Flex when you use coupon code “tk-ergoflex” at checkout. (Limited time only)

Receive 30% off your Ergo Tray when you use coupon code “tk-ergotray” at checkout. (Limited time only)

Working with TK was great! She understood our vision and the value of our products. She absolutely LOVES her Ergo Flex and Ergo Tray, and her contagious enthusiasm has made many new customers love theirs too. Not only did she find a unique way to showcase our product to her audience, but she also helped many people find us who really needed us.

From the Ergonomicsdirect team, we’d like to thank you for partnering with us @tkskingdom, and we look forward to partnering with you again soon.

We’d also like to thank everyone who has engaged with our competitions and recent campaigns. We value all of you and hope to see you soon at our new showroom.

Yours in ergonomics,

The Ergonomicsdirect Team

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Hot-desking in a Home Environment

Hot-desking in a home environment (Blog - Ergonomicsdirect)

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of employees globally have started working from home either on a temporally or full-time basis. Many individuals unfortunately did not have a designated home workstation, so they found themselves working on the couch, dining room table, and some even in bed.

When working from home, many individuals lean towards working in a space or environment where they feel comfortable. Unfortunately, most of these comfort zones can cause more harm to you than you think with a proper workstation setup.

Will a properly set up home-office setup help you work more comfortably and productively? Absolutely! However, what if you have a home-office set-up already, but you are still not feeling comfortable working in it?

First start by designating a space for your working environment. Once you’ve found your spot, optimise the environment with some ergonomic office essentials that meet your daily working needs.

An added option to consider is allocating an area at home for a secondary “hot-desk” workstation, however we recommend having your primary workstation setup correctly first. Click here to download the ergonomic checklist for your workstation (pdf.)

 “Hot-desking” is a working arrangement where an employee has no assigned desk and instead can choose to use almost any workstation or surface during different parts of the day. That workstation usually meets most of the requirements a worker would need to work comfortably and productively. Minimal time and energy needed, easy plug-in and start working.

8- step ergonomic checklist for individuals who sit at their workstation

In today’s world, with laptops, tablets, cell phones and other portable electronic devices, remote workstations are becoming more popular. The benefits of hot-desking at home not only conveniently provides its user with a simple plug-and-start working system, but is also great for a slight change of environment and scenery.

If a secondary hot-desking workstation is possible, we’d recommend making it a standing workstation. Click here to check out our range of standing desks.

Our ergonomic products are great for setting up the ideal hot desk workstation in your home or at the office. They provide comfort and support, and enables users to work comfortably, even for long periods of time.

With a slight change in scenery and an optimised ergonomic workstation, working from home can be made easy.

Need some help? Contact us at Ergonomicsdirect if you would like assistance or advice when setting up your ideal workstation, and we’d be glad to assist you!

Contact number: 021 426 2378 | Email: info@ergodirect.co.za

Happy hot-desking, and we at Ergonomicsdirect would like to wish you a happy, productive 2022!

Yours in Ergonomics,

Austin Harichuran (Ergonomic Evaluator and Head of Digital at Ergonomicsdirect)

Affordable Ergonomic Festive Gift Ideas

Affordable Ergonomic Festive Gift Ideas

Are you struggling to find the ideal gift for a colleague or loved one for Christmas? We understand that shopping for others may not always be simple. To assist you with your holiday shopping, we have conveniently created a list of our 4 best-selling products (Under R1000), which we believe would be great gifting options.

These great products are suitable for both home and office working environments.

 

Curble Posture Corrector

Help a loved one improve their seated posture and reduce back pain.

RRP: R999, click here to read more/purchase yours today.

Ergo Flex Device Holder

RRP: R469, click here to read more/purchase yours today.

Position your phone or tablet while sitting on the couch, working at your desk, sitting or lying in bed, or even cooking in the kitchen! It is the ideal product if you watch movies or videos on your device or need easy access to your phone or tablet screen while at work.

With the use of the Ergo Flex you can at least ensure that you reduce the postural strain caused by the time spent on mobile devices.

The Ergo Flex can carry a maximum device weight of 700g. The adjustable device clamp can accommodate gadgets with a width range of between 125-225mm. The attachment clamp can be mounted onto desk edges with a thickness of up to 75mm. *Best Seller*

Both of these adjustable laptop stand options are compact and portable, and can be used to better position your laptop, tablet, books and more.

Ergo Anywhere Laptop Stand

Ergo Anywhere + Laptop Stand with USB ports

RRP: R369. Click here to read more or to purchase yours today.

RRP: R699. Click here to read more or to purchase yours today.

Ergonomic Footrest

Our height-adjustable footrests can,

  • Improve Seated Posture by helping you utilise your chair’s backrest.
  • Reduce Lower Back pain, footrests improve posture and reduce back pain by facilitating more ergonomic postural angles through the entire body.
  • Improve Circulation, using a footrest dramatically decreases the chance of developing circulatory issues.
  • Increase comfort levels, allowing you to rest your feet on a stable surface while working.

Kelly Footrest – RRP: R829.00. To read more/shop now, click here.

Ergo Dynamic Frame and Board Footrest – RRP: R799.00. To read more/shop now, click here.

Ergo Height Adjustable Footrest – RRP: R949.00. To read more/shop now, click here.

Investing in the health, comfort and productivity of your loved ones is a great way of showing them that you care. Spoil them with the gift that keeps on giving this December at Ergonomicsdirect.

Happy shopping, we wish you all a safe and jolly festive season.

 

Yours in Ergonomics,

The Ergonomicsdirect team.

3 Benefits of an Ergonomic Footrest

3 Benefits of an ergonomic footrest

By Austin Harichuran (Ergonomic Evaluator, Head of Digital and Marketing at Ergonomicsdirect)

This article is ideal if you’re interested in learning about the benefits of a footrest, or if you can relate/have experienced any of the following: (Swinging feet while sitting on a chair; back pain; poor posture; low productivity while working; fatigue; poor blood circulation; difficulties in concentration)

For a long time, ADHD has controlled my ability to focus and be present in the moment. Besides the mental impact it had on me, I’ve developed a few physical habits over the years which have been more challenging to get rid of.

Over the years, I’m happy to say that I’ve outgrown many of my mental challenges and I’m continuously aiming to improve myself whilst building new positive habits. From a young age, whenever I’d start to feel anxious or overwhelmed, my legs would start to shake rapidly and uncontrollably (imagine what campus life was like). Although emotions like anxiety aren’t exactly easy to outgrow, I’ve found a solution that helps control my anxiety and “happy feet” while I work.

Besides the major impact ergonomics has had on my ability to focus, to my surprise, I’ve found myself getting “attached” to some of my products – more specifically today, my ergonomic footrests.

Here are the 3 benefits that I’ve found while using a footrest

Promotes dynamic movement for my happy feet

The “Tap-dance Foot Dance” (when my feet are on the ground), or “Swinging-Leg Shoo Dance” (when feet are hanging about) has been distracting over the last FOREVER. Knowing how disruptive it is and not being able to control it has been distracting and quite embarrassing at times.

The Ergo Dynamic Frame and Board Footrest has been my top pick whenever my feet are in the mood to go somewhere, and I’m not. The easy-glide movement somehow allows my feet to dance around as they please. This allows me to stay at my desk longer without feeling the need to get up and walk about too frequently

Improves blood circulation

With my feet being as busy as they are, I’ve found that my feet tend to automatically go under my body onto the base of my chair. With the back of my knees then squashed against the seat pan for long periods, it’s no surprise that it affected my circulation, which caused pins and needles, along with fatigue. With my feet on a footrest, I no longer want to fall over when I get up from my desk. Happy to say – Monday only happens once a week for me now.

Reduces back pain, when used with an ergonomic chair

Back to basics. Because of the position of my feet, I wasn’t sitting right back in my chair and therefore wasn’t utilising the backrest or lumbar support my chair offers. This resulted in back pain, fatigue, and poor seating posture over time. A footrest helped push me further back in my chair, enabling me to use the backrest optimally.

I’ve found that after two weeks of using the Ergo Height Adjustable Footrest, I’ve started to feel more comfortable, sitting right back in my chair for longer periods. The Ergo height adjustable footrest is dynamic and moves/tilts as you move your feet and legs, and it also has above-average height settings.

For many years, footrests have been advertised as solutions for “shorter individuals” who work behind a desk. Although a footrest does provide a solid or dynamic higher platform on which individuals can rest their feet, it can be equally beneficial to taller individuals who require dynamic movement or improved circulation while seated.

In summary, my advice would be:

Maximise your chair’s lumbar support and reduce back pain by investing in an ergonomic footrest.

To view Ergonomicsdirect’s range of ergonomic footrests, please click here.

If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort while you work, please contact us – our Ergonomicsdirect team will be happy to assist you in selecting your ideal ergonomic workspace solutions.

Contact number: 021 426 2378

Email: info@ergodirect.co.za

Wishing everyone a happy October 2021.

Kind regards

Austin (Ergonomic Evaluator, Head of Digital and Marketing at Ergonomicsdirect)

Post-lockdown office spaces –What COVID/2020 has taught us about our workstations

Post-lockdown office spaces –What COVID/2020 has taught us about our workstations

Working from home has been vital in slowing the spread of coronavirus, but many businesses are now looking forward to re-entering their office space and returning to as high a level of “business as usual” as they can in a time of global crisis.

Connectivity issues, isolation from our colleagues and an inability to clearly separate our home and work life has made remote working a necessary but less than ideal reality for many of us over the past few weeks. Indeed, remote workforces are already beginning to report that they miss the structure and community of the office, with issues such as health and wellbeing coming to the fore during COVID-19.

As a result, when we do return to work, employers should foster workplaces that offer the best of both worlds, from optimal connectivity and elements that promote wellbeing to design that encourages a sense of community.

There’s no question that COVID-19 has provoked a change in the way we work, as well as how we will view and use “the office” in the long term. What this prolonged period of working remotely so far has taught us is that, while we can work from home, we are unlikely however to ever give up the office completely.

As many nations cautiously make their way toward relaxing Covid-19 lockdowns, many of us are starting to envision a time when we can return to the office. Yet, in the absence of a vaccine, aspects of modern workplaces will have to change if employees are to safely return to their desks. 

Experts suggest this could involve a combination of short-term fixes aimed at boosting worker confidence, reducing the number of staff in the office at any one time, and longer-term design upgrades and modifications that put hygiene at the heart of workplace planning

In the short-term, it seems likely that many of us will remain working from home even after government orders to do so are lifted. Dual workplaces, with a staggered workforce may become standard, with smaller groups coming in on alternate days and shifts that avoid rush-hour traffic peaks. 

Companies should be subsidising home offices, given the home is now considered a legitimate workspace. This is something that could potentially decrease concerns about health impacts from ergonomically inadequate set-ups. At Ergonomicsdirect, we can help by assessing and improving the ergonomic setup of home workspaces with our great range of versatile ergonomic products.

Employee wellbeing has been in the spotlight for a while, but with the current crisis, it is important that employers recognise the various challenges faced by their employees. Employers need to consider how to best adapt working practices in order to accommodate a diverse range of employee circumstances. 

Working from home will ultimately become a supplement to, rather than a substitute for, the office. While remote work can provide flexibility for employees, office work allows for collaboration, connection and culture—essential ingredients for enterprise growth, risk management and control, and employee development. 

Wishing everyone a happy festive season, stay safe out there and let’s hope 2021 will be a prosperous and successful year. Happy holidays from all of us @ergonomicsdirect.

Yours in Ergonomics

Wendy

Tips for working from home

Tips for working from home
  1. Create a dedicated workspace and keep it organised

Create a mini-office where you can focus on work. It doesn’t have to be a large area, but a dedicated workspace helps create familiarity and discipline in your day. Once you have created a spot for work, don’t let the mess of everyday life take over. A clear desk equals a clear head.

  1. Make time for yourself before your work start time

Set aside the time you’d normally spend commuting on self-development. Exercise is good for mental health and for maintaining a positive attitude. You could also spend time focusing on a hobby or expanding your knowledge in your field of work.

  1. Dress comfortably – but no pyjamas!

When in the comfort of your home, don’t give in to the temptation of rolling out of bed and working in your pyjamas. Don’t give your brain the wrong signals. Although working from home is convenient, try not to change your daily work routine. Set boundaries to ensure a work-life balance is maintained.

  1. Take regular short breaks – MOVE

Being super productive for a long period is difficult, so make sure you take short, regular breaks to re-energize. Movement is life, and the more you move and vary your workplace positions, the better off you will be. Try and do some movement or change of position every 20 minutes.

  1. Communicate

Even when in a normal office, effective team communication is not always easy to achieve. When you maintain a distance from others for a long time, it’s especially important to find a way to touch base with colleagues. Online platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Skype are handy for maintaining a line of communication. Using video calls and not only talking over the phone makes it more personal and allows employees to interact better and feel part of the team – especially for those living alone.

  1. Be grateful

It is important in these tough and uncertain times to find something to be grateful for every day – your health, your family, technology to be able to communicate with your loved ones. There is always something to be grateful for! Stay Home, Stay Safe, and let’s flatten this curve.

Ergonomics in Development/Digital agencies

Ergonomics in development/ digital agencies

Some studies have shown that 81% of office employees spend between 4 and 9 hours a day sitting behind their desks. This equates to about 67 sedentary days per worker annually.

We are aware that developers and individuals in the creative space in most digital agencies have 45-hour weeks like most of us, however, there are times when deadlines require a certain few to extend their time at their workstation. Some employees sometimes find themselves working up to 12-hours sitting behind the desk. Although the monetary compensation for the extra work done can be rewarding, the additional time spent sitting behind your desk can cause strain which may lead to various muscular-skeletal discomforts in the neck, back, shoulder and other regions.

Here are 3 product recommendations that we've seen work well within a digital/creative agency to help reduce these discomforts.

  1. Flexispot F7DB Dual Screen Height Adjustable Monitor Arm Mount – As many developers/creatives use two or more screens to increase productivity, this monitor arm is ideal to position the screens correctly to reduce neck and eye discomfort and strain. The height, distance, and angle of the monitors can all be adjusted using this monitor arm.
  2. Ergo Office Chair with/without headrest – Since you’re spending substantial amounts of time behind your desk, the chair you’re seated on is quite important. Working for long hours on a chair that doesn’t offer you the correct lumbar support and adjustability your body needs can strain your back and neck over time. Our ergonomic office chairs are adjustable and have quality lumbar support while offering comfort at an affordable price.
  3. Ergo Office Compact Sit-to-Stand Height Adjustable Workstation– Are you already experiencing a nagging discomfort in your back region? Maybe it’s a sign that you need to re-optimise your workstation. The Ergo Office Compact Sit-to-Stand Height Adjustable Workstation has enough space for you to place both screens on top of the work surface (depending on the size of your screens). It offers a hole where you can install a monitor arm if desired. It is proven that alternating between sitting and standing can relieve pressure off your back which can reduce discomfort – one of the many benefits that come with investing in a standing desk.

If your current profession requires you to work long hours behind your desk and you’re looking to optimise your working environment in order to work more comfortably and maximise your productivity, then invest in ergonomics. If you would like to view our other product options, visit www.ergonomicsdirect.co.za/store. If you would like to know more about what we can do to optimise your current workstation, contact us at info@ergodirect.co.za / 021 426 2378.

3 Products perfect for Law firm environments

3 ergonomic Products perfect for law firm environments

Since ergonomics has become a trending topic in office environments, we noticed a significant spike in ergonomic investments over the last couple of years, especially within law firms. Once we’ve filtered down this trend, we’ve noticed that individuals and firms are consistently investing in the same products and we’ve come to know why.

Here are 3 product categories that capture the most attention in law firms, along with product recommendations for each category.

  1. Ergonomic Office Chairs – This to us came as no surprise. As most legal work requires attention-to-detail and many hours of concentration, it is important to have a chair that offers you the support and comfort your body needs. With this being said, a good quality adjustable chair is necessary for those long hours behind the desk. Our Ergo Executive Chair provides the user with the ultimate seating experience. It not only offers comfort but offers the user multiple seating adjustment options and a crisp and classy look to back up its name.
  2. Standing Desks – This being one of the popular product categories in ergonomics, standing desks have been considered an asset in many law firms over the last couple of years. As many people in the legal industry spend many long days and nights behind their desks, having the ability to optimize their workstation has proven to be beneficial in their line of work. Adjusting your desk so that you can alternate between sitting and standing has enabled legal departments to be more productive which cuts downtime in project/case delivery. Due to the amount of working space required due to paperwork, freestanding desks have been the more popular option.

Due to this, the Ergo Office Two Dual Motor Height Adjustable Standing Desk Frame is a hot product for the job. It comes in at an affordable price of only R9499, and the user/firms can purchase a custom top for the frame at an additional cost.  The top is customised by colour, size, and finish (mostly comes in a Melawood finish). For more information on this frame, click here.

  1. Document holders – At law firms, we’ve noticed many staff members have an interest in transcribing equipment/gadgets to assist them in working more efficiently. Our Document Holder holds up to 50 pages and has a 3-setting adjustment feature. This document holder can lift your documents off your desk, enabling you to transcribe with ease and reduce paper clutter while enabling a better ergonomic posture. For more information on our document holder, click here.

These are our recommendations for law firms – 3 products that can help you work more efficiently and comfortably. If you would like us to come out and evaluate the working environment at your firm, please contact us at 021 426 2378 or send us an email on info@ergodirect.co.za