Go home healthier than you came to work!
|Your Healthy Office
Ergonomics is the study of how people interact with their activities and their environment. The purpose of ergonomics is to improve health and safety, prevent injuries and improve productivity.
Office ergonomics can help a person be more comfortable at work, reduce stress on the body, and reduce injuries caused by prolonged awkward positions and repetitive tasks at an office workstation. Office ergonomics focuses on how the workstation is set-up – the placement of the desk, computer monitor, chair and associated tools such as a computer keyboard and mouse. It also examines a person’s job surroundings, including the work surface, lighting or noise level.
Injury and illness are common in the workplace and costly to both you and your employer. Not only do they reduce your quality of life, but they also reduce your ability to be efficient and productive. Most job-related injuries are caused by falls, repetitive movements, awkward postures, reaching, bending over, lifiting heavy objects and applying pressure or force. Office ergonomics can help you be more comfortable at work while reducing stress and injury caused by awkward positions and repetitive tasks.
Below are a few ergonomic principles and exercises you can do to keep yourself healthy at the office.
Office Ergonomic Principles
Hands & Wrists
|Shoulders & Upper Back
To stretch your wrists, hold one arm in front of you with the elbow straight. With the other arm, slowly bend the wrist down and then slowly bend it back up. Repeat this exercise for three to five repetitions with each hand.
To loosen the muscles in your neck, simply take your right hand and place it on the left side of your head. Gently pull your head to the right side and hold for 10 seconds. Then do the same thing to the opposite side of your head. You can also turn your head slowly until you are looking over your left shoulder. Then, turn it slowly in the other direction until you are looking over your right shoulder.
While sitting in your chair, twist to one side and hold onto the back of your chair for a count of ten. Do the same twisting in the opposite direction and holding for a count of ten. You can also lay flat on your back, legs straight out, extending your arms above and behind your head. Hold for a count of ten. Flip onto your stomach and raise your upper body with your arms, keeping your pelvis on the floor. Hold for a count of ten.