Back pain is one of the most common work related injuries. You don’t have to lift heavy objects to injure your back. Poor ergonomics in the office and resulting poor posture can be very bad for you.
Scenarios that may ring a bell
If you have been away from work and someone has taken your chair, you may be given a spare which just doesn’t suit your needs. If you have a small office and not enough room to sit correctly at your desk. As a result of this, you have boxes piled up under your desk and can’t stretch your legs. Headset broken and so you hold the receiver against your head with your shoulder while you type? If any of these sound familiar then you could be storing up potential problems for yourself. None of these actions encourage proper posture.
It may be time to approach your boss as legally you are entitled to a workstation that allows you to do the following:
- Balance your head, not leaning
- Arms relaxed
- Forearms parallel to desk
- Sit back in chair with good back support
- Screen arms length away
- Top of screen at eye level
- Space behind knee
- Feet flat on floor or footrest
Ideally furniture would be specifically designed for you. After all, so many hours of a person’s working life might be spent in an office in a sedentary position. If this is something your company might consider then visit www.simonkohnfurniture.co.uk/our-work/commercial/reception-areas-and-desks/ for unique hand crafted furniture.
If you spend most of the day sitting at a desk then you should regularly rest your eyes from the screen. Be sure to stretch your legs and take a walk. Instead of waiting for all your prints, get up and walk to the photocopier every time you print something.
Be mindful of your posture, as sitting at a desk for prolonged periods can lead to slouching. Personally I like the idea of the standing desk. The main aim is to keep you on your feet for as long as possible. People have reported feeling more energetic and enthusiastic when they are more physically active and this has resulted in increased productivity.
It is in the company’s best interests to respond to workstation problems as the amount of revenue lost due to sick days will be considerably more. Back problems are not the only issue, poor ergonomics can also lead to repetitive strain injury in the arms, wrists and hands.