Ergonomics is an applied science focused upon designing and arranging objects people use so they interact most efficiently and safely. Ergonomic techniques and products—and even the ideas that inspired them—used in other fields, by NASA, NASCAR, etc., are showing more prominence in the regular office workplace.
What doesn’t get done on a computer these days? The more time we spend clicking and dragging a regular mouse, the more strain we inflict on our hands and wrists. For those who spend long hours at the office, developing “mouse arm,” or the tech world equivalent of tennis elbow, is a risk.
Few people start out using a computer with an ergonomic mouse. Wrist pain is a frequent consequence. Though it sometimes sounds trivial wrist pain can be excruciating, and can be worsened if your job requires use of a computer for most of the day. Ergonomic mice can help alleviate existing wrist, hand, and arm pain by correcting improper mousing techniques.
1. Calculate How Much More Productive You’re Going to Be
Yes, the newest technology comes at a price, but it’s called an investment for a reason. Calculate how much time your desired product will save you throughout any given year to make a really strong case for your request. Then list the productive ways you could use that time, such as brainstorming new ideas or finally working on that big project that’s been on hold for months. If you work in a job like sales, where your time is directly connected to numbers, calculate how much more you could generate for the company. Put your findings together in an official presentation, and send it your boss’ way.
2. Find Affordable Ways to Make it Happen
You may have learned about this great new product through the manufacturer, seek out deals with wholesalers and discount chains before approaching your boss. Are group discounts available? Are there any kind of special coupons available for business customers? Your boss will be impressed with your initiative and just how affordable you’re making this plan sound.
3. Focus on the Long Term Investment
Few bosses will be eager to buy a new gadget for an employee they’re not convinced you stick around. Let your boss know how passionate you are about the company. Since you’re invested in staying for the long term, you’ll need products that keep you productive and healthy. An ergonomic mouse for instance, isn’t just a sleek gadget that will look good on your desk, it will help prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries that may sideline you down the road. Focus on products that will make your work activities safer and more productive.
4. Emphasize Cost Savings
New technology has a lovely tendency to work much faster than older technology. On the whole, it’s also more energy efficient. Calculate just how much your desired gadget will save the company, and put your stats into an impressive graph.
5. Be Patient Yet Persistent
Sometimes, big companies will put you through endless bureaucratic hoops when you want to buy new technology. Other times, they’ll have programs established just for this purpose. Likewise, bosses in small businesses might be more eager to please you, while others will be more anxious about their bottom line. Whatever the case, just keep gently reminding your boss, but remember to give them a little space to breathe. If you’ve made your case, they’re sure to come around eventually.