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Ergonomic Workstation Assessments

The ways in which we sit, stand and move at work have a profound effect on our body and our wellbeing. Working from home has presented many challenges including temporary makeshift workstations being utilised for 6 months+ or longer presenting huge risks of Musko-Skeletal Disorders - MSD. The issue is no laughing matter and needs to be nipped in the bud as soon as the opportunity arises to do so.

In Australia, Employers have a legal duty to provide and maintain a safe working environment (either in the office or at remote locations) for their employees. Under the same law, employers also have a duty to monitor the health and welfare of their employees. 

5 Benefits of an Ergonomic Workstation

1. Minimized Back and Neck Pain

One of the health risks of too much sitting is back and neck pain.

Many desk workers sit at their desk with improper posture. In turn, this can cause pain, especially in the back and neck.
 

To minimize this risk, by reducing sitting time by 66 minutes a day, 54% of participants experienced reduced back and neck pain.

2. Reduced Blood Sugar Levels
 

Most employees eat at their desks. Eating while sitting can cause a larger increase in blood sugar levels. One of the benefits of ergonomic desks is that they can minimize blood sugar spikes. Standing for three hours after lunch reduced blood sugar spikes by 43%.
 

Other benefits of standing after eating include:
 

  • Improved digestion

  • Decreased risk of acid reflux

  • Increased calorie burn

3. Better Heart Health

Prolonged periods of sitting can be harmful to the heart. This means that office workers, crane operators, and other chair-based jobs are risky.

By providing sit-stand desks, workers can sit and stand as they please. This will keep your workforce healthier inside and out.

4. Improved Mood and Energy Levels
 

Unhappy workers can take a toll. Employees who have low energy are less likely to be productive.

Too much sedentary time has been linked to heightened risks of anxiety and depression.*
 

*A 7-week study found that employees with standing desks were less stressed and fatigued. The same participants also reported that they have more energy and vigor throughout the work day.

5. Improved Productivity
 

The success of your business relies on productive employees. Too much sitting can make employees tired and unmotivated.

Are you concerned that ergonomic desks may negatively impact time spent on tasks? While there is an adjustment period, studies have found that there is no real impact.

One of the benefits of ergonomic desks is that they boost productivity. Despite the change in working position, employees report that standing desks boost productivity. This is because these desks improve mood and energy levels.*

* Source study (U.S CDC https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2012/11_0323.htm

 

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