Whether you work from home on the sofa or in a high-rise with executive style office desks, your workstation is essential to have a productive workday. A proper workstation allows for comfort and ease of motion, but also a space that is efficient and fosters creativity. Creating the perfect workstation not only depends on the user’s profession, but also personal needs, handicaps, spacial confines, and required equipment and tools. The first step in workstation development is deciding the type that will best suit your needs. There are five basic types of workstations designed to make the most out of every workday.
The mobile workstation is for people who can work anywhere. Freelancers of all sorts, authors, podcasters, insurance adjusters, and many more professionals find a mobile workstation suits their work needs best. A mobile workstation contains everything you would need if you were stationary, which means a sturdy carrying case is an essential factor. Depending on what you need to carry daily, it could be anything from a briefcase to a tote bag. You may even consider a wheeled case or a baggage carrier. There are no desks, chairs or office furnishing in a mobile workstation. Use your surroundings and immediate environment in place of anything you may need as a desk or furniture. A mobile workstation gives you the chance to go to work wherever you may be at any given moment.
Telemarketers, salespeople, customer service, and other professionals often work in large open space with several others. Each worker in their own space within a larger module. In some cases, these large modules of workers are all related to one department. Social service and government workers often work in modular workstations because it is efficient and saves space. When space is an issue, modular workstations can be a lifesaver. They allow several people to be working simultaneously while sharing the same space. It can help with equipment also if there is a shortage. There are some disadvantages to working in a modular office as well. Sound carries, and depending on the room acoustics, it could be a very loud room. This isn’t a good workstation if you are doing work that is highly personal. When privacy is essential, a modular workstation is not an option. Office furniture is usually sparse or small in a modular workstation. Each module is compact, leaving little to no room for furniture. A desk and chair are usually all that can fit. A chair with ergonomics and lumbar support is important if work hours are all sitting. Modules can be linear, in groups, or in circles.
Some professions require a lot of moving. From desk to production lines or sales floor and back again. Over and over. In cases like these, a standing desk makes a lot of sense. Standing desks have a lot of unexpected advantages. Most people do not consider it but standing desks and workstations aid in weight loss because sitting burns little to no calories. Long hours of sitting increases heart disease and risk for diabetes. Standing desks are adjustable to match the user’s height. They often have adjustable shelving attached as well. Adjusting everything to match your criteria increases speed and production while lessening stress, pain, and tension. Use of a standing workstation has been shown to relieve some back pain. Studies have shown more than a 30% improvement in lower back pain after several weeks at work with a standing desk. Upper back pain was reportedly reduced by more than 50%.
A lot of workstations are all about computer and telephone work. Other than some desk space for printing, books, and paperwork, not much else is required. There are professions, however, that require much more space and storage. Work in creative arts and myriad other professions require room to create displays, charts, and posters. Artists and musicians work with more than just a keyboard and monitor, although that is part of it. Paints, canvas, pencils, art supplies of every nature and any artistic medium can be present. Creative workstations need many slots, drawers, and cabinets for storage. The setting may be more important for this type of workstation, depending on the user.
People who work from home have a variety of duties. They are usually freelancers who are also responsible for their own taxes, advertising, and all the things a business manager usually takes care of. A workstation for someone who works at home will be very tailored to the user’s needs. There may be limited space and so a desk would have to fit where there is space enough. A telecommuter’s workstation may also be mobile. It may be required to move about the house or to other places. A Wi-Fi connection and electricity are deciding factors on the placement of telecommuter’s workstation.
Comfort and Aerodynamics
Two things that will eventually come to mind no matter what type of workstation you are using are comfort and aerodynamics. Working long hours at a workstation can be hard on the body in so many ways. Internal organs, muscles, and various bodily systems can all be affected. It is important to keep health and well-being in mind when designing a workspace. A chair specifically made to the user’s body specifications can alleviate a lot of health issues. Even those using a standing desk will need to sit from time to time. Aerodynamic furniture is that which creates lift and works with the airflow around it such as office chairs that bounce, spin, and rock.
Workstations can be manufactured out of any number of materials. Wood, steel, plastic. Recycled materials can be a great addition to ant workstation too. While these are the major types of workstations, there are many hybrid types that mesh certain advantages of other workstations together to reach a goal. Choosing a workstation requires careful deliberation of the user’s needs, tools and size requirements before going further. Adjustments can be made later to perfect it to exactly what you need to succeed.