With the growth of the knowledge worker and increasing demands for efficiency, many workplaces now use technology to deliver productivity savings. This can affect movement for many employees because so many jobs involve computers, email and, of course, the telephone. The need to get up to speak with someone or deliver a document has been removed, but while this is good for efficiency and productivity, prolonged sitting can pose serious health and safety risks to employees.
Alarmingly, the average office worker will spend about 80,000 hours seated during their working life and face increased
- higher fat and sugar levels in
- increased risk of metabolic syndrome
- weight gain
- decreased fitness
- digestive problems
- back and neck problems
- spinal problems.
Who is at risk?
High-risk groups include office workers, drivers, heavy equipment operators and garbage collectors. Employers have a duty of care and need to remind their employees to take regular breaks that involve moving around. Movement is important, but other things to consider include ergonomic chairs, workstation design and training.
Awareness is an invaluable tool. Start today by reminding your sedentary employees about the importance of good workstation ergonomics. Download our free workstation ergonomics poster by clicking here.