Working with computers or technology all day long can have negative impacts on employees’ overall health and well-being. If you can’t implement a complete employee health and wellness program right now, there are a few simple ways you can help.
Standing desks are a great way to promote health in the workplace. Sitting at desk all day can be uncomfortable. A standing workstation allows employees to move around and elongate their spine during the workday. If standing desks aren’t an option for your office, encourage your employees to maintain neutral body posture throughout the day.
Neutral body posture is:
- Hands, wrists, and forearms are straight and roughly parallel to the floor.
- Eyes are at an even level with computer screen.
- Shoulders are relaxed, and upper arms hang normally at the side of the body.
- Feet are fully supported by the floor or a footrest if the desk height isn’t adjustable.
- Back is fully supported with appropriate lumbar support when sitting vertical or leaning back slightly.
- Knees are about the same height as the hips with the feet slightly forward.
Above all, it’s important to encourage employees to get up and move. Encourage employees to get up and stretch or go for a quick walk around the office a few times a day. After all, healthy employees are happy employees.