Office ergo tips to avoid fatigue.
9 tips to reduce the risks of sedentary work
Use these tips to help your sedentary workers to avoid long-term health issues caused by insufficient movement throughout their working day:
- Encourage employee to alternate between computer work and a variety of other tasks where possible.
- Take regular breaks from typing and other repetitive activities, e.g. a pause break every half hour to stand up and stretch.
- Take advantage of situation throughout the day when standing and moving is possible, e.g. take the stairs rather than the lift, stand up when you are commuting on public transport.
- Incorporate methods to reduce sedentary work practices into your company policies and procedures, e.g. your working from home policy should promote regular standing breaks throughout the day.
- If possible, change the working environment and task design to promote workers to stand and move around more often.
- Train your managers and supervisors in the risks of sitting for prolonged periods of time and the importance of physical activity throughout the working day.
- Encourage a working environment where there is open discussion about the best ways to promote less sitting and more movement.
- Teach your employee to remind each other to stand and move throughout the day.
- While the installation of sit-to-stand workstations encourages employees to stand up more often, these types of workstations are not necessary to promote more movement and less sitting.
Exercising outside the workplace as a risk control for sedentary work?
While we all know that to maintain a healthy lifestyle, at least 3 sessions of exercise each week is recommended – long periods of sedentary work during the day can still have adverse effects on your health even if you exercise 5 days a week outside of work!
So encourage your workers to exercise and participate in activities that involve movement on their days off (this could be done through a health promotion program), but do not assume that this means you don’t need to implement control measures for your sedentary workers.
Your actions need to go beyond a checklist…
To actually make a change in your workplace, you need to believe in it, encourage it, foster it and model a new attitude amongst your workers.
Don’t just tell your sedentary workers that they need to move around during their working day, make it part of the culture and create a procedure around it that becomes normal practice.
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