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Most Hazardous Office in America

Posted on 8th Jul 2011 @ 2:20 PM

Maybe your office has a dedicated ergonomicist and the latest gadgets, keyboard trays and ergonomic chairs. But if you're like most of us, you probably work in less-than-ideal conditions, ergonomically speaking, and make do with what you have. Sometimes this works just fine. Other times, well, take a look at our list of the most hazardous offices in America, and tell us your wrists don't twinge in sympathy.

"Not so fast!" we hear you say. "My office is way worse than these! Why, I type on a keyboard located on the other side of the room, generally with my toes and a pointed stick!" If your office is worse, we want to see it. Send us a photo of your office, and a brief description of the ergonomic hell it embodies at mosthazardousoffice@gmail.com.


1. The Best Possible Use for the Microsoft Manual of Style

We love the annotations on this picture. How else would we know that this guy uses his style manual to prop up his monitor? And while that probably is a pretty effective DIY solution for monitor adjustments, we still have to ding him for not having a keyboard tray. Although the Han Solo action figure might make up for it.


2. The Coffee Shop as Office

Many of the full-time freelancers we know work from coffee shops at least part of the time. Sure, the solid access to caffeine is a huge perk. The ergonomic situation, though, is less swell. Working on a laptop with no separate keyboard and mouse can be hard on the wrists.


3. The Messy Desk

We have seen some messy desks in our day, but this guy wins the prize. In addition to making it difficult to put your hands on a specific document when you need it, desks like this one are ergonomic nightmares. It's hard to hold your hands, wrists, and elbows at the correct position when you're leaning across a person-sized pile of papers.


4. The One With the Bean Bag Chair

Bean bags chairs are great additions to offices, provided they're for guests or occasional relaxing, and not a replacement for an ergonomic chair. This guy will look way less cool when his hands curl up into claws.


5. Unergonomic Keyboard

This picture is obviously a joke -- otherwise, this item would be about how Hulks are generally ergonomic disasters, and we'd have to do a whole other article about which superheroes make the best employees. (And don't tempt us.) However, it does give us an excuse to mention that older keyboards are often tougher on your joints. If you feel tempted to ram your keyboard through your desk, it might be time for a new one.

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