Health Risks of the Sit-Down
By Ashley Caputo, TMCnet Web Editor
Typically, businesses that revolve around more arduous labor, like construction workers or welders, are at a much higher risk of facing work-related injury lawsuits. The general public does not necessarily think that over time, workers operating from sit-down work spaces face many long-term health risks, like carpel tunnel, eye strains, neck and back pain, but they do.
In order for businesses to properly address these long-term issues, according to a PayScale blog post, there are a few ergonomic tips that they can utilize to save their workers from facing these aches and pains as they grow older. However, with an economy plagued by depression, these types of requests might not be a budget option for some employers, which is why this blog addressed these issues paying close attention to spending.
These ergonomic recommendations are cheap, and some of them cost nothing at all except some intelligent thinking and organizational skills.
Buying Ergonomic-Infused Furniture
The first part to creating an ergonomic-enhanced environment is to create furniture designs that are based around this notion, like the Sit-to-Stand workstation, which offer employees with the three different sitting and standing positions. Adding simple parts to an office, like a shift adjustable chair, back cushions, adjustable keyboards and workface areas and foot rests, can benefit en employee’s health over a long period of time.
In order for businesses to understand and address these type of health-related issues, they should have managers and professionals trained to conduce ergonomic evaluation, which will look at the way an employee sits down, how long they sit down and what bodily movements they make throughout the day.
Make Employees Feel Comfortable Enough to Request Assistance
Businesses should make it easy for an employee to request an evaluation or specific furniture to make them more comfortable. When an employer begins encouraging the issue of health, it makes it more acceptable for a worker to ask for this type of help.
Encourage Employees to Get Up and Move Around
Along with making employees feel comfortable enough to request assistance, employers should also encourage them to do some sort of exercise during the day, whether it’s stretching or taking time out for a ten minute walk. Also, office buildings with gyms inside should offer promotions to other employees and support physical activity.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey