The list of health dangers and risks associated with long periods of sitting is so exhaustive that sitting is increasingly being referred to as 'the new smoking of our generation'.
High blood pressure, obesity, poor nutrition, and musculoskeletal disorders like back, neck and shoulder pain are just some of the risks associated with sedentary work.
Too much sitting can increase your chance of heart disease by as much as 50 per cent. This is really alarming, but prolonged sitting seems to be something we don't really think about because everyone else is doing it, too.
It might be something you've thought about; something that has been pushed to the end of your ever-growing to-do list, but it's something employers and employees can no longer ignore. Bad workplace habits are becoming deadly.
If sedentary work is something you'd like to adjust, the following tips will help you make both small and large changes in the office that your health will thank you for.
Advice on ergonomic furniture for employers
Firstly, raise awareness of the risks of prolonged sitting. People will be reluctant to even consider change their work habits (that they're totally used to) unless they know the benefits it will provide. Inform employers with emails, during team meetings, and by displaying posters around the office.
Next, review and assess what your current working environment looks like, and see whether there are ways you can incorporate standing and movement in various day-to-day tasks that are normally undertaken sitting. Consider standing meetings.
Talk with your employees: find out what they think, and see if you can collectively come up with concepts that will get people moving more and breaking up their sitting routine throughout the day.
If you determine ergonomic furniture is an option for you and your employees, ensure that this kind of environment is promoted and supported: encourage workers to not only learn about health benefits, but actually take part. Run trials with your staff, allowing them to test new practises and furniture.
Ergonomic office furniture can provide a huge amount of health benefits and can help minimise common workplace injuries and strains.
Sit-stand desks give users ultimate control, as they are fully adjustable and can be raised or lowered as often as required throughout a working day.
Correctly positioned computer monitors can ease back, neck, and shoulder tension. Monitor arms are a perfect solution for you to gain complete control of the positioning, like the height and angle, of your computer screen.
Tips for employees
- Use the stairs instead of the lift whenever possible.
- Take your lunch break away from your desk. Take this time to have a five or ten minute walk around the block.
- Regularly break up your day, even if it's a 60-second walk to the bathroom or kitchen.
- If you can, walk or ride your bike to work. Even standing up on the train will help.
- Ergomotioni is a supplier of a ergonomic office equipment, and its diverse product range allow each individual user complete control of their workplace environment.