Posted by: BeneFIT Corporate Wellness
Date: April 4, 2016
Do you work an average 40-hour week, with one-third of your day spent sitting behind a desk? The workspace is often our “home-away-from-home”—and because we spend so much there, we want it to be conducive to good health and wellness. So, how can we make our work environments healthier?
1. Create an ergonomic workstation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the goal of ergonomics is to “reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture and repeated tasks.” A well-designed workspace enables you to work comfortably without needing to sit or stand too long, overreach, or use awkward postures. When evaluating your current workspace, ask yourself questions that will address the overall set-up, along with your seating, desk configuration, keyboard usage, telephones and lighting. For instance:
A more comprehensive ergonomics checklist is available for download from osha.gov.
2. Clear the clutter.
Taking control of your workspace means keeping it organized. The definition of organization varies from person to person, with one who thrives on a little “creative clutter” versus another who appreciates a clean desk at the end of the day. It’s important, however, to find your happy balance—one that enables you to be productive at work while keeping your stress levels at bay. Here are a few examples of how you can take control of office clutter:
3. Take a brain break.
The addition of physical activity, even if it is just a few minutes to stretch your legs once every hour, can go a long way in reenergizing you throughout the day. For instance:
For more information on making your workspace healthier, please contact us.
Disclaimer: The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of a physician. All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to a physician.