After more than 30 years of gaining acceptance and adoption in the corporate office environment, along comes COVID-19 to disrupt office ergonomics. Millions of employees left their desks and moved to their couches or kitchen tables to work from home (WFH). In fact, according to Stanford University, 42 percent of the U.S. labor force was working from home full-time by June 2020. As a result, in the span of about 100 days, office ergonomics likely changed forever.
Consider recent statistics from May 2021, published by USA Today. Based on a Harris Poll survey, three out of four Americans surveyed would like to either continue working from home full-time or go with a hybrid model of part-time at home, part-time in the office.
For decades, facilities directors, HR leaders, vice presidents of operations and CEOs worked hard to improve and safeguard the health of their employees with ergonomic chairs, adjustable workstations, eye-friendly lighting, comfortable climate control and on-site fitness centers. Much of this in-office work remains essential and highly effective. Unfortunately, starting in the spring of 2020, far too many employees had to make do with what they had at home.