Duo seeks to raise American standard for workplace ergonomics

Typing at an improperly leveled desk can cause painful carpal tunnel syndrome. Photo: Ergonomic Office Designs

LOS ANGELES, August 27, 2013 – Sam Shefrin and Jensen Lee both come from work backgrounds where they spent countless hours per week sitting at computers. Once he’d passed the magical age of 30, Shefrin, an IT professional, began to experience aches and pains while working at his desk. Meanwhile, Lee, a finance professional turned product marketer began to experience similar issues while sitting at his own desk after spending several years in the work force.

The two joined forces to found Ergonomic Office Designs, a company that sells a wide array of ergonomic furniture designed to improve the health and wellbeing of professionals everywhere. Both are now ergonomic evangelists who spread the “gospel” of working in an ergonomically sound work and/or living space.

Many office workers are not fully aware of the hazards involved working in an environment that is not ergonomically compliant. The hunching over that is quite common among workers who spend hours in front of computers is regarded as contributing to digestive problems down the road. It has also been known to exacerbate poor posture, which can negatively affected both quality of life and mobility as workers age.

Typing at a desk that is not properly leveled for your body can lead to painful carpal tunnel syndrome. It can also contribute to a number of issues tied to various key pressure points on your body such as your wrists, elbows, neck, back and thighs. In the case of chairs in particular, spending hours daily seated on a badly designed chair can lead to chronic discomfort that actually minimizes productivity and effectiveness at work.

“Ergonomics is currently more developed in other regions like Europe (particularly Scandinavia), than here in the United States” says Lee. “But Americans are learning. I hope we can help fuel this education in ergonomic furniture,” he says.

Through their line of well-crafted furniture, the founders of Ergonomic Office Designs are committed to making the world a better adjusted and healthier place, one chair at a time.


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