Ergonomics and Office Health Issues
The majority of us are working in office–like environment. We are going through the same routine of work from nine to five the whole year, until we are retired. Do you think we are able to maintain our health and well–being during working? It’s possible. Know the effects to our body at an office job, otherwise risk an unhealthy life.
Undoubtedly, poor ergonomic environments are the negative aspects in an office job, along with work stress. These two main conditions are the leading health issues, whether it’s minor or not, it can affect the company’s performance and productivity rate.
If the ergonomics of the office environment is not addressed properly, it can lead to physical problems known as musculoskeletal conditions (also known as MSD) that can affect your nerve system and muscles, driving you to pain using wrists, hands, arms, and legs. Of course, apart from poor ergonomic environment, repetitive actions also can lead to MSD.
In the end, companies will risk financial burden facing legal ramifications and paying compensations to employees suffering from MSDs, should they seek one. With favourable and effective ergonomic environment, it will lead to fewer incidents of MSDs. Of course, both employer and employee are responsible to ensure the safety of the workplace, particularly in creating an effective ergonomic condition.
Creating an effective ergonomic environment is crucial to avoid backaches, numbness, and muscle pains. To avoid it, certain steps can be done to ensure you are healthy and fit while going through your work.
Taking breaks at regular intervals
Preferably at 30 minutes each. Working by sitting at your desk for whole day will affect you physically and mentally. Relax and stretch out during breaks to ensure the right blood flow. Try to clear your mind on each break, so you come back with new perspectives on your duties.
Maintain the proper posture at all times
The right body posture during working is important for your spine, blood flow, and weight distribution. By keeping your spine straight, the weight will be distributed evenly in each buttock. Setting up materials and tools within your reach is essential to maintaining your spine.
Your desk setting should be set at ergonomic level such as the top monitor screen should be at your eye level or lower to avoid neck pain, and the monitor is set roughly at your arm’s length. The backrest of your chair should support your spine and lower back. Physical exercise and aerobic exercise outside work will help you maintain body balance and avoid heart disease.
Eat a healthy diet
An indispensable tip. Eating a healthy diet is essential as you tend to eat fast foods, caffeinated and sweetened drinks, and unhealthy snacks. You should make an effort to eat healthy even it means you need to wake up early to prepare your own healthy foods for your long term health. Keep your body fully hydrated with fresh drinking water to maintain your health as the air at your workplace is likely be dry.
The negative effects in life are unavoidable, but it’s best to do everything you can to slow the effects of aging and stress.
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