Considerations for Shared Workstations

With so many workplaces evolving to include more mobile workers, companies often designate specific workstations for multiple users. To ensure that all employees, including those who work remotely, have their own workstation would require additional real estate as well as increased costs to outfit each workstation with the required furniture. As such, shared workstations are being increasingly utilized in many companies.

The goal of ergonomics is to Ďfit the work to the workerí. As such, it makes sense to include as much adjustability as possible in the equipment for multi-user workstations.

Keyboard tray

Height adjustability is beneficial to ensure that each and every worker is able to type and mouse at their ideal working height (i.e. seated elbow height). A single platform, height and tilt adjustable keyboard tray will allow for adjustability and fit between a multitude of workers.

Adjustable office chair

The office chair may be the most important part of any workstation, specifically to ensure full support of the userís body. The following chair features should be considered to allow for maximum adjustability to fit a wide range of users:

  • Seat pan height adjustment
  • Seat pan depth adjustment
  • Backrest tilt adjustment
  • Backrest height adjustment OR lumbar support height adjustment
  • Armrest height adjustment

Height adjustable monitor

When viewing the monitor, the top of the screen should be aligned with the userís seated eye height. It doesnít make sense to place a non-height adjustable monitor at a shared workstation. A monitor with a height adjustable pedestal or a monitor arm would be ideal to accommodate the required height for multiple workers.

It may seem challenging to design one computer workstation to fit multiple users, but with a few pieces of equipment and some know how on how to make a few quick adjustments, each employee should be able to achieve an ideal setup with improved comfort.

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