Motion is essential: does your office furniture encourage it?

Most office workers and their managers know how important it is to not sit still at a desk for eight hours a day. Slouching at a workstation puts pressure on the back and neck, and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease.

Motion is essential

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Businesses should be looking to invest in ergonomically-designed office furniture which allows their staff to be as active as possible at work. This investment will pay off with improved health and productivity in the long-term.

Invest in Quality Chairs

Good desk chairs should be fully adjustable, with armrests that can be moved to allow staff to change position throughout the working day.

According to the NHS’s Livewell programme, workers can avoid back pain by adjusting their chair to ensure their lower back is supported.

It should be as easy as possible for those using the chair to make corrections which avoid putting strain on the back. This means they should know how to alter the back position, height and tilt, ensuring that their knees are lower than their hips. A footrest may be needed for some to achieve this.

Look at Alternative Workstations

Modern workplaces are increasingly looking at giving workers the possibility of using sit-standing desks.

Get Britain Standing is a campaign to promote active working and increase awareness of the dangers of sitting.

It recommends using height adjustable sit-stand workstations, which allow staff to alternate between sitting and standing as much as they want to suit them.

If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration on how to encourage staff to keep moving at work, you might want to look at websites such as Alternative working and seating areas away from desks may also encourage staff to move around during the day.

Keep Moving

As well as standing at a desk for small periods throughout the day, experts on safer working advise staff to take lots of breaks and to walk around the office as much as possible.

Other suggestions include standing up when making phone calls, walking over to a colleague rather than emailing them and taking the stairs instead of using a lift. Desk-based workers could also be encouraged to take a proper lunch break or even do some small exercises at their desks.

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