Monday, February 9, 2015
Beating The Odds: Office Discomfort by The Numbers
Lets's start with a big one! Believe it or not 86% of office workers report some form of discomfort in the workplace that's due to their current furniture and equipment. We find this stunning! Have you ever thought to ask your fellow workers about these areas of discomfort? Are you suffering from the same problems? If so, it's time to consider upgrading your office furnishings and integrating the ergonomic products needed to help you find the support you need.
Women are dealing with significant health risks directly related to discomfort in the work place. Studies show that 37% of women who sit more than six hours per day are more likely to die prematurely than women who sat just three hours a day. What does that tell us? Ergonomics is important! It also says that we all should take short breaks throughout the workday. Consider taking short walks with your coworkers and stretching during your breaks. You can also try deskercise. That's right, deskercise! There are tons of super easy stretches and healthy activities we can do right behind our office desks to improve our chances of beating the statistics.
Still need more evidence to convince you of the importance of workplace ergonomics? How about this, 35% of sick days taken away from the office are spend dealing with musculoskeletal injuries. This means that without the correct desks and computer chairs that adjust for our body types, working could be doing us far more harm than we ever though! Evaluating your office needs regularly is absolutely essential if you want to avoid becoming part of that 35%. Start by making a list of factors causing discomfort and tackle them one by one. Consult your physician, speak with your coworkers, and never settle for sub par comfort!
Now for some good news! A staggering 98% of individuals showed signs of better posture when they had constant reminders about their posture while sitting at their desks. This means we should all have a perfect posture chart somewhere in the office. You can print posture tips off the web, print out diagrams, and much more. Give yourself the reminders you need to turn bad practices into good habits!
The ergonomic furniture movement is ever growing and products like adjustable height desks are becoming the industry standard. A staggering 87% of workers who use standing height desks reported feeling more energized and comfortable when tackling daily tasks. Standing desks allow users to adjust quickly to meet the needs of any situation. Brands like Global Total Office and Mayline have bolstered their ergo furniture offerings to include standing height desks designed specifically to revitalize blood flow, reduce body stressors, and reduce fatigue. This tells us that standing height desks are not only cool, they are incredibly beneficial!
Last but not least, 66% of people believe that their posture would improve drastically if they had the right ergonomic chair. What this tell us is that chair education is incredibly important. Selecting an office chair based on style is great, but likely won't provide you with the ergonomic features to reach peak performance levels in the workplace. When selecting your chair, don't be afraid to contact your dealer of choice, consult your physician, and search out reviews online. The info found will help you reach an educated purchasing decision for you and your body. Top ergonomic office seating from brands like Global Total Office, Eurotech, OFM, Mayline, and RFM Preferred Seating are no doubt equipped with tons of adjustable features needed to help users stay comfortable. That being said, if you don't take the time to master your chair and it's features, you'll be right back where you started. Adjust regularly, strive for comfort, live longer. It's just that simple! Be proactive about your areas of discomfort in the workplace and beat the odds!
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