Personnel welfare is very important to any business. Staff are your BEST asset, so it is important to keep them productive. We spend an increasing amount of time at our workstations nowadays and most likely that is in front of a computer screen; tablet, laptop and desktop. With everything you have to do and schedule daily you probably tend to forget that how you sit at your workstation is very important. It can contribute to work related stress illness, so when we say ‘Are you sitting comfortably?’ we should be saying comfortably/ correctly! You will also at some stage have had to do a Workstation risk assessment; setting up your workstation correctly. Posture is only one part of the whole package, you do need to consider furniture and the work environment as well.
Here is a simple graphic that demonstrates how you should set yourself up correctly so you can say YES to the question ‘Are you sitting comfortably?’
We are not designed to be sat at a desk for long periods of time, and to do so causes issues with your neck, eyes, backs and even our brains. Taking that on board, there are a few other considerations to help make your personnel happy, healthy work individuals.
- Do not sit at your computer for long periods of time; take breaks, get up and move around.
- Stand up maybe when you take or make a call.
- Stand up for five in every 25.
- Rather than email a colleague, go and talk to them face to face.
- Use the stairs at work as well, so use the time for movement wisely.
- Do not sit at your desk eating your lunch, you got it, get up and move around.
- Set your screen, as per the diagram, to the appropriate level for YOU. Staring at a screen for long periods of time, and at the wrong angle can cause neck and back issues/ pain.
- Do not slouch or hunch over your computer, this again will reduce any back, neck strain.
- Keep a tidy desk, keep paper work to the sides of your computer and not in front of you resting on your lap.
- Taking a break from your screen does not mean not doing any work; split your tasks from just staring at your screen for hours, by breaking it up, with calls, writing notes etc.
- For those that are also doing repetitive tasks ensure you are taking micro-pauses, or minibreaks
- And finally, EC Computers know a lot about computers, Managed Services, Business & Office Systems, Telecoms, CRM and Software, but we would recommend that you SEEK PROFESSIONAL advice from your in-house H&S/ HR departments or consultants you employ.