Earlier this week our team enjoyed a lunchtime learning session on workplace ergonomics facilitated by Brigitte Baker, workplace health and wellbeing expert. Some key takeaways were:
Everyone is different: There are some key guidelines to follow, but it’s important to do what feels right for you.
Sitting vs standing desks: too much of both is where problems arise. You should do a combination of both throughout the day.
Get up and move: If you are sitting all day, make sure you are getting up and moving around, even if it’s just to the kitchen and back.
Rest your eyes: your eye muscles need a rest too. Take a moment to refocus by looking away from your screen into the distance. Also ensure your screen is not too bright.
The swiss ball fad is over: swiss balls are not adjustable so it is highly unlikely you are getting the correct set up by using one.
Hot desking is not great: you need to have your own desk so you can ensure consistent correct set up.
Oh, and those fancy looking mesh-backed boardroom chairs? Not ideal. Get some lumbar support!
If you need a hand with your own workplace health and wellbeing, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass on Brigitte’s details.