Five types of workplaces
We distinguish five types of workplaces, which can serve as a guide when putting together an organisation's Hybrid Workplace policy.
Each employee uses an individual mouse and keyboard and takes them everywhere. This is the only way to guarantee flexibility, hygiene and ergonomics.
On average, your fingers travel 32 km on a keyboard in a day. A good keyboard is essential! Yet many of us still use the standard, often supplied with the computer, full-size keyboard with fixed numeric part. With a compact keyboard, you work more comfortably because it reduces the reaching distance to the mouse (Cook C, et al., 1998). It reduces stress on the forearms and shoulder.
A good keyboard:
- Provides a perfect typing feel (actuation force, keytravel, keys)
- Provides the right tactile feedback
- Provides sufficient contrast (light keys with dark letters facilitate reading - ISO 9241) and contributes to higher productivity (Snyder, 1990).
- Is light and not too thick (for mobility and preventing bent wrist)
We use the mouse 50-65% of our time at the computer. This makes the mouse the most frequently used accessory in our workplace. With a standard mouse, your wrist twists or tilts inwards, which can lead to discomfort and even complaints.
Research shows that a loose mouse in use with a laptop leads to a clear performance improvement (Sommerich et al., 2002). Replacing a standard mouse with an ergonomic variant then significantly increases comfort.
But also at home, as in the office, a good desk, chair and (extra) monitor are necessary. The arrangement at home may be different from the office (due to the space available), but there is a practical solution for every situation, for every use.