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From ‘Your Back’, to the Future

Ergonomics and the digital age.

In the world of ergonomics, we often find ourselves in a fascinating paradox, much like the iconic film “Back to the Future.” Just as Marty McFly and Doc Brown navigated the space-time continuum, as ergonomists we are constantly straddling between today and the future.

It could seem that ergonomists are always repeating the same message, but believe me, it is not all about ‘Your Back’. From talking about good posture, simple adjustments such as using a laptop stand or adjusting the height of your chair we often repeat information, why you might ask?

It is because, much of what we do is based around behavioural change and that means reinforcing principles with education over time. New people enter the world of work every day so there are always new people to hear the message. As a sector we are slowly getting better at beginning the education around Human Factors at an earlier age (as discussed in previous posts), but, we still have a little way to go.

Ergonomists also have one foot in the future. We have to be aware of the evolving landscape of work. As the workplace continues to transform with new technologies and processes, we need to adapt our approach to ergonomics.

We recognise that work is not static but an ever-evolving journey. With the rise of remote work, automation, and artificial intelligence, our work environment is shifting dramatically. To ensure that well-being is maintained, we must not only focus on the ergonomic fundamentals, but also keep one eye on the horizon.

Understanding how these emerging technologies and work processes will impact your work life is crucial. The advice and solutions we provide must evolve with the times, just as Doc Brown’s time machine evolved from the first film to the sequels. The ergonomics of the future might involve virtual reality setups, AI-driven personalised workstations, or workspace designs we can hardly imagine today.

At Inspired Ergonomics we are here to guide you, just like Doc guided Marty through different time periods. We are committed to staying one step ahead, adapting our recommendations, and helping you navigate the changing landscape of work in the digital age.

It’s not just about going “back” to good ergonomics; it’s about heading “to the future” of ergonomics. Keep reading as we bring you expert insights and solutions which will ensuring your well-being in the ever-changing world of work.

Nichola Adams

Founder of Inspired Ergonomics

Nichola Adams, MSc Health Ergonomics, Tech CIEHF, ACPOHE Reg Member, is the Founder of Inspired Ergonomics.

Nichola is a specialist in back pain disorders in the workplace. Inspired Ergonomics regularly provides consultancy services to leading UK and International companies on how to reduce and prevent back pain in the workplace as well as working with rehabilitation companies.

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