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4 simple ways to improve staff posture

Walk into any office and you're likely to see rows of people sitting at their desks, huddled over their computers or slouched back in their chairs.

Slouching and bad posture are not only bad news for unfortunate necks and backs, they can also increase the likelihood of depression, sap energy levels and restrict circulation. Add all that together and poor posture is very bad indeed – especially if your workforce often spends prolonged periods of time sitting at a desk.

The good news is that there are some simple ways to help them improve their posture (and boost productivity levels). Here are 4 tips to implement in your workplace

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1. Provide lumbar pillows

A lumbar support pillow helps take some of the load by supporting the spine. This will force workers to sit correctly, pushing the chest forward and helping to relieve pressure on the lower back.

2. You’ve heard it before, but it’s true: standing desks are the future

Sitting for too long, put simply, is not good. Blood flow slows, abdominal muscles weaken, muscle density decreases and productivity dips as general lethargy sets in from not getting up and moving around. It has even been shown to lower life expectancy.

Standing desks help alleviate these issues by providing different levels of desk heights so that your staff can work sitting at their chairs or standing on their feet. This will help keep them moving and ensure they don’t stay in one position for too long.

3. Start an office exercise regime

Why not start every morning with an office exercise regime! First, get everyone to stand up against a wall with their legs spread apart and holding their arms up on either side of their head at a right angle. Then ask them to slowly raise their arms up and down at least 15 times.

You could also try some shoulder shrugs. Get everyone to simply raise and lower their shoulders in a shrugging motion to help loosen them up.

4. Provide some foot supports

The correct way to sit in a chair requires you to place both of your feet flat on the ground. This means you can’t cross your legs or stretch them out in front of you under your desk.

However, sometimes sitting with your feet flat on the floor can be uncomfortable, so staff can benefit from some easily obtainable foot supports. These provide some elevation so that feet can be placed flat on a firm surface, ensuring proper pressure and comfort.

 

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Sources

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/workplacehealth/Pages/Howtositcorrectly.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/workplacehealth/Pages/backpainatwork.aspx