The modern workspace and user mobility has been revolutionised by the internet, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Yet, many portable devices do not have a separate keyboard and screen so neither can be in an optimal ergonomic position for the user simultaneously. With these principles in mind, laptop set-ups should mimic desktop configurations with use of an external keyboard, mouse, riser and/or monitor to maintain good posture.
When applying the fundamentals of ergonomics to an agile working space, furniture and technology should be organised in a way that supports regular transitions from focused work to teamwork. Through the integration of easily accessible power points, arm support for tablet use and adjustable monitor arms for group screen viewing, design can be used to vary posture and keep the body moving. Where hot-desking is utilised, it becomes critical that features of the workstation are easily adjusted to suit differing occupiers.
‘Zoning’ the overall layout of the office provides user’s autonomy on selecting a space to fit the task at hand, which is becoming increasingly popular since the resurgence of open-plan workspaces. Providing elements that can be adjusted or moved supports the flow of varying tasks, users and resulting postures. In addition, flexible and home working is a prominent feature of modern working which puts a stronger emphasis on the importance of training to ensure employees understand optimal postures and the set-ups which aid them. Particularly when working off-site, individuals should be sufficiently motivated to spend time making necessary adjustments.