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Ergonomics for the "Unassigned" Workspace

John Campbell, May 2013 Download PDF

Good ergonomics is an essential part of great workplace design. The rapidly changing workplace environment and the increase in mobile working - including workspace strategies that employ unassigned seating, known as "hoteling" - call for a broader approach to good ergonomics. To date, the focus has been primarily on the assigned office/workstation, where the ergonomic tools were set up correctly when the employee moved in and then remained static. With unassigned seating, different people can sit at the same desk at different times, so the focus of the ergonomist needs to shift to ease of adjustability. Otherwise, employees cannot easily make adjustments, and the benefits of providing good ergonomic tools are lost.

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