The plight of the American office worker is often lampooned in sitcoms and movies such as “The Office” and “Office Space.”
There are certainly funny stories resulting from office politics, but there are also more serious health issues plaguing workers who spend eight hours a day, five days a week in front of a computer workstation.
If you sit behind a desk for hours at a time, aches and pains may be a common part of your workday. Still, you’re not doomed to a career of neck and back pain or sore wrists and fingers. In addition to taking short breaks from sitting, proper office ergonomics – including correct chair height, adequate equipment spacing and good desk posture – can help you stay comfortable at work.
Awareness of neutral body positioning – a comfortable working posture in which your joints are naturally aligned – reduces stress and strain on the muscles, tendons, and skeletal system and reduces your risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder.
These are the kinds of changes employers and employees all over the world are encouraged to implement this May in honor of National Employee Health and Fitness Month.