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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My first time using ergonomic products

My first experience using ergonomics - BLOG

Written by Nafiesha Hendricks (Digital intern and Sales Executive at Ergonomicsdirect)

I started working at Ergonomicsdirect in March 2022 as the new Digital Intern and Sales Executive. Before I started working at Ergonomicsdirect, I didn’t know much about ergonomic principles, products, or the benefits that come with them.

Today, I’d like to share with you my experience using some ergonomic products for the first time, and hopefully encourage some of you to invest in them for yourself.  

I was never exposed to correct ergonomics in my previous working environments and honestly, it felt weird at first. The biggest changes for me were;

  1. Using a laptop stand (Ergo Anywhere Laptop Stand)
  2. Sitting in an ergonomic office chair and, (Ergo Exec Ergonomic Chair with Headrest)
  3. Using an external keyboard and mouse.

Usually, I would work off my laptop and use a wireless mouse and external monitor. Optimising my workstation with ergonomics has benefitted me a lot over the last month since starting here. What stood out to me the most was the decrease in pain, especially in my lower back area since I started using my ergonomic chair.  

The laptop stand allowed me to position my laptop to the correct height and distance, which has immensely reduced strain and fatigue in my neck, shoulders, and upper back. With my laptop elevated, I no longer need to slouch or look down to view my screen. This allows me to sit up straight, and thereby utilise the backrest of the chair. I have felt significantly more comfortable and more productive throughout the day with my new ergonomic setup.

If you work in an office and you’re sitting at a desk for long periods of time, it’s important for you to consider investing in the correct setup. If your workstation isn’t set up correctly, you will develop workspace strain and fatigue.

We can assist you to also improve the way you work. We understand that every individual is different. Here at Ergonomicsdirect, we’re ready to assist you with your ergonomic office needs. Please feel free to contact us on 021 426 2378. We’ll gladly assist. 

We look forward to assisting you with your ergonomic needs soon!

Yours in ergonomics,

Nafiesha Hendricks (Digital intern and Sales Executive)

5 Things We’re Grateful for in 2022 – Birthday Edition

It’s our birthday month at Ergonomicsdirect and we are celebrating all the amazing things we can currently be grateful for as a company. It really has been a tough last 2 years for most people, with a global pandemic that changed our world and working environment immensely.

There are of course way more than 5 things to be thankful for, but today, I thought I would stick to just the five things that came to mind as I wrote it.

Here they are:

  • The overall growth of the company – With the shift in focus to accommodate working from home/home offices due to covid, we were lucky enough to continue our business, but in a very different way than before. Remote working made ergonomics more relevant and helped us to continue assisting people to improve their health, comfort and productivity.
  • Growth of our product range – We take pride in stocking only the best quality ergonomic products and have added some wonderful new additions to our product range for 2022. We provide quality ergonomic equipment, and our passion is to help people improve their workspace in a practical and affordable manner.
Ergonomicsdirect Team - 2021
  • Growth of our team – We have been able to create full time job opportunities for three new team members since the end of last year. We’re excited to have Gene, Ralton and Nafiesha join our full-time team, and we know that they will be an integral part of our work family. We may be a small team, but we’ve always been fiercely proud of our work ethic and always ensure that our customers get only the best service.
  • New premises – In December 2021, we moved premises to Paarden Eiland, providing a bigger showroom, more office space, and an equipped warehouse to keep all our stock under one roof. We are still settling in, but feel beyond excited to be in our new home.
  • Impacting people’s lives – Not a day goes by that we don’t get clients thanking us for reducing their pain and fatigue, and for improving their everyday functioning. We feel so blessed to be able to make a difference every day. This is why we do what we do.

Different people define “gratitude” in their own way, but it’s officially defined as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”

We would like to thank our loyal customers for their ongoing support, we appreciate each and every person who has been a part of the Ergonomicsdirect journey.

Please stay safe out there.

Yours in Ergonomics
The Ergonomicsdirect Team (Piet, Jayson, Wendy, Denvor, Austin, Nafiesha, Gene & Ralton)

Benefits of Using Standing Desk Mats at Work

By Wendy van Wyk, Registered Biokineticist

Standing while working has become a popular work approach. Many offices are adopting the use of ergonomic standing desks for their employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle, encouraging them to move as they work. They have equally become a popular home office fixture, now that working from home has become the new norm for many.

Equipping the standing workstations with complementary accessories further enhances a comfortable, safe, and active work environment. Anti-fatigue mats for standing desks allow users to stand for longer with fewer aches and pains.

As the name suggests, the purpose of anti-fatigue mats is to reduce fatigue on the legs and body, which can occur when standing for a long time on a hard surface. They are placed directly underneath your desk and should be readily available to move into position when you move from seated to standing.

Anti-fatigue mats come in many different versions but have the same benefits, here are some of the benefits that standing on an anti-fatigue mat can offer.

  1. Reduce Stress on the body. Rather than standing on a hard, solid surface like tile or concrete, if a worker stands on a standing mat, extra flexibility is added, much of the stress is relieved, resulting in a less exhausting working environment.
  2. Promote Better Blood Circulation. Anti-fatigue mats reduce stress on a person’s joints and muscles which makes the blood flow more evenly and regularly throughout the feet and legs.
  3. Prevents Joint Stiffness. Stiffness can be avoided as anti-fatigue mats allow you to make minor changes to your standing position.
  4. Reduced Lower Back Pain. Anti-fatigue mats can also alleviate pressure on the spine and alleviate the strain on the muscles, thus reducing lower back pain.
  5. Reduced Foot Pressure. Anti-fatigue mats prevent foot and leg pain by softening the floor surface, making it ergonomic.
  6. Increased Productivity. Removing pain and discomfort from the workplace makes good business sense since employees will perform more productively and with greater accuracy.

Our Ergonomicsdirect team can assist in doing an ergonomic assessment of your workstation, and can then advise which solutions and products will meet your specific requirements to reduce/prevent fatigue.

We stock a selection of standing mat options, which you can find on our online store. To view/shop our range of anti-fatigue standing mats, click here

Till next time, please stay safe out there.

Yours in Ergonomics
Wendy

References:
https://ergo-plus.com/resources 
https://www.safety.duke.edu/ergonomics/ergonomic-resources 

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)

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)

3 Ways Ergonomics Can Improve Your Productivity

3 Ways Ergonomics Can Improve Your Productivity

Written by: Wendy van Wyk, Registered Biokineticist

Hello Ergonomic Enthusiasts, 

In these trying times, especially when working remotely, we all want to be more productive. How can ergonomics improve productivity?

The ergonomics improvement process reduces ergonomic risk factors and improves the interaction between the workplace and the worker. Done well, this process removes barriers to productivity and makes tasks easier and faster to accomplish.

Here are 3 ways that ergonomics can increase productivity:

Ergonomic Workstations Help Reduce the Risk of Injury

One of the biggest threats to productivity at the workplace is an increase in injuries, resulting in an increase in the number of employees who are absent at the workplace. A solution companies can consider is offering comfortable workstations that promote healthy postures, which in turn, help cut down strain and make work easier.

Employees Who Have Ergonomic Workstations Make Fewer Errors

Workers who work in ergonomic workstations concentrate better at what they are doing. In contrast, uncomfortable employees tend to get distracted from their work by the discomfort and end up making errors that they would have otherwise not made. 

Comfortable Workers Have More Energy, Therefore Work Better

Office ergonomics can boost employee mood and energy. Poor posture can lead to fatigue, stress, and discomfort, ultimately affecting one’s mood. By creating an environment that allows employees to succeed, they will feel more confident in their ability to perform and feel less overwhelmed. This environment can also enable employees to focus better and can motivate them to get their work done effectively and efficiently. 

ConclusionErgonomics can have a dramatic and far-reaching impact, including improving productivity. In today’s competitive business environment, it’s impossible to ignore ergonomics as a valuable and necessary process.

At Ergonomicsdirect we can assist to improve your health, comfort, and productivity in your workplace- contact us today!

Please stay safe out there.

Yours in Ergonomics 

Wendy

References:

https://www.oshaeducationcenter.com/articles/improving-ergonomics/

https://uir.unisa.ac.za/bitstream/

https://ergo-plus.com/workplace-ergonomics-benefits/

Wrist Pain and Your Desk Set-Up

Wrist Pain and Your Desk Set-Up

By Wendy van Wyk, Registered Biokineticist

I have recently had several clients coming to me with complaints regarding wrist pain whilst working at their desks. If you work in an office job, repetitive hand and wrist movements involved in various tasks, such as typing, or mouse use can make you susceptible to wrist pain.

Office workers typically develop wrist pain after performing repetitive movements day after day in ergonomically incorrect environments.

While wrist pain can interfere with your ability to perform your responsibilities comfortably, it can also affect your productivity. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common source of wrist pain, and also a very common reason for lost days due to illnesses and injuries.

What is Carpal tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also called median nerve compression, is a condition that causes pain, numbness, or weakness in your hands. It happens because of pressure on your median nerve, which runs the length of your arm. Anything that irritates the nerves that run down into the wrist can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.

This is particularly relevant to workstation ergonomics due to the fact that poor seated posture is a significant risk factor for increased stress to the median nerve.

Risk Factors in the office environment:

  • Having your chair too low in relation to the desk.
  • The wrists are cocked into extension because the keyboard is too high.
  • The wrists digging into the edge of the desk.

How Can Office Ergonomics Help To Prevent Wrist Pain?

Arranging your activity and workspace using ergonomic guidelines can help prevent wrist pain.

There are quite a few ergonomic solutions that can prevent/reduce wrist discomfort and pain. These include:

  • Ensuring correct work surface and chair height
  • Correct keyboard height
  • Adequate monitor placement
  • A wrist rest for a more neutral wrist angle (that does not put extra pressure on the wrist)
  • A mousepad to decrease “mouse drifting” and misalignment
  • Footrest to support feet (if required) which will, in turn reduce lower back strain and improve your posture
  • Sometimes, in severe cases bracing might be required

Our Ergonomicsdirect team can assist in doing an ergonomic assessment of your workstation, and can then advise which solutions and products will meet your specific requirements to reduce/prevent your wrist pain.

Till next time, please stay safe out there.

Yours in Ergonomics

Wendy

References

https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/

https://www.aans.org/en/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Carpal-Tunnel-Syndrome

https://ergoweb.com

https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/

Decrease Fatigue And Increase Productivity With Office Ergonomics

Decrease Fatigue And Increase Productivity With Office Ergonomics - Blog Image

By Wendy van Wyk, Registered Biokineticist

Easter is here and the first quarter of the year has flown by terribly quickly. Something I hear people say every day is how exhausted and fatigued they already are in 2021.

Sitting in bad posture at a poorly designed workstation for hours-on-end could be hugely contributing to this fatigue. An ergonomically correct office space will help you reduce fatigue and discomfort – who doesn’t want that?

Office ergonomics is the study and modification of the office workplace to best fit it to the needs and requirements of the workers. The basic posture of each employee is considered in relation to his workstation, as well as other factors that increase fatigue (such as glare, noise and poor temperature control).

Workstations can be designed to maximize performance and reduce costs by considering both ergonomics and productivity together.

Ergonomics Increases Productivity

A well-designed workspace allows for good posture, fewer repetitive motions, better heights and reaches, less exertion, reduced awkward postures and high-force requirements, and more efficiency. Companies that invest in ergonomic equipment in their workspaces find that employees can work at a faster pace, make fewer errors, are more positive, and have higher energy levels.

Ergonomics Decreases Costs

Happier, safer, healthier employees save companies money. Production stays up because absenteeism is lower. If an employee experiences less or no discomfort or fatigue during the workday, it can reduce turnover and MSD costs, improve morale, and increase staff involvement.

Ergonomics Improves Quality

Happy, comfortable, healthy employees work harder. They aren’t as fatigued or frustrated, so they tend to do their best work. A job that is less physically taxing allows employees to work to the best of their ability as they were trained.  It’s important to be aware of one’s level of fatigue, and just as important to know that most workplace fatigue is avoidable.

At Ergonomicsdirect, we can assist in doing a proper workstation assessment for you, and then suggest modifications and products to make your workstation fit your needs.This enables maximum performance through reduction of wasted motion and unnecessary stresses.

Let’s create a safe, ergonomic space for you today, and improve your health, comfort and productivity!

Hope everyone had a great easter and I wish you all a happy and healthy April – stay safe out there.

Yours in Ergonomics

Wendy

References

https://www.sciencedirect.com

https://www.hse.gov.uk

Ergonomics For Kids During Virtual Learning

Ergonomics For Kids During Virtual Learning- New Blog

By Wendy Van WykBiokineticist & Ergonomic Assessor

Remote learning can be a pain for kids in more ways than one. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many students remain in a distance learning arrangement or a hybrid model with at least some schooling taking place from home. An ergonomically correct remote learning setup is important because it can help prevent long-term problems with their posture and help avoid discomfort.

To help parents ensure their children have the proper setup – and that their growing bodies don’t suffer unintended consequences of an at-home workstation, Ergonomicsdirect is offering their services to assist with workstation assessments and discounted ergonomic products.

If kids are sitting in a hunched-over posture, with their feet off the ground, staring at their screens without breaks, they can get neck strain, back strain, and eye strain. Poor attention or participation, becoming easily distracted, headaches or body aches are also potential side effects.

Here’s how you can help your child stay safe – ensure that they have a correct ergonomic workstation setup:
  • Ensure that they sit in a chair with back support at the dining table or a desk instead of on the couch, in bed, or on the floor which promotes poor posture.
  • Children and adults alike should maintain a neutral posture while sitting at a computer, with the spine not twisted or bent, the lower back supported and the neck straight.
  • Place the computer or tablet on a table in front of your child, instead of letting them hold the screen in their lap. The top of the screen should be at eye level.
  • Forearms and thighs should be roughly parallel to the floor, and feet should be flat and supported, not dangling.
  • Arms should rest comfortably at the sides, with wrists straight and relaxed. The work area should be well-lit with the monitor positioned at approximately arm’s length and the top part of the screen comfortably at eye level.

Children working on laptops need to raise it up to a comfortable level. Another option for achieving a neutral posture is to get a laptop stand, and an external keyboard and mouse so they can keep their wrists straight.

An adjustable ergonomic chair can help a child achieve proper positioning at a desk or table, or an alternative is to equip a regular chair to make it more comfortable for kids by using pillows to raise up the child or rolling up towels for lower-back support. Kids may also need to put their feet on a box or footrest.

Breaks are built into the normal school day as students do things like play at break time, switch classes and walk to lunch. But remote learning can be one long sedentary grind with eyes glued to the screen unless you actively plan to break up the day. Try to make sure that your kids stand up, and move around at least every 30 minutes.

For a home workstation assessment and advice on how to correct your ergonomic setup, please contact me at wendy@ergodirect.co.za or 066 170 0324.