5 SIMPLE INTERVENTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS FOR BACK CARE AWARENESS WEEK 7-11TH OCTOBER
THE PROBLEMS FROM EXCESSIVE TECHNOLOGY USE
We are spending so much time with technology that this is leading to musculoskeletal issues and neck, back and shoulder tension. It is therefore important that we follow healthy practices with technology use.
We weren’t designed for this excessive technology use. So what are some of the consequences on our health, energy & performance?
Long periods of sitting in the same position without regular movement are wreaking havoc on our health. Some health experts have warned that sitting is more dangerous than smoking
Most people do not have their workstations correctly set up and are prone to injury as a result
Most people adopt incorrect posture whilst using their computer or laptop placing unnecessary pressure on their bodies
Many people are using a laptop throughout the day without a riser and separate keyboard causing neck, back and shoulder tension, which leads to long-term injury risks
Many people hot-desk and do not have the resources they need to set their workstation up correctly each time they move desks
Neck, back & shoulder problems and other musculoskeletal disorders are on the increase due to this excessive technology use
Neck, back & shoulder problems and other musculoskeletal disorders account for over 7.6 million lost working days a year according to one NHS study. This has a big financial impact on the bottom line of the business.
Most people are switched on to technology from waking to bedtime, this is leading to burnout
BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE, STAND UP, STRETCH, LOOK OUT OF THE WINDOW AND TAKE AT LEAST 3 DEEP BREATHS...
Here are 5 simple interventions for employers for Back Care Awareness Week 7-11th October 2015
1. Ensure all employees have completed a workstation assessment. This can be quick, simple and low cost with the EnergiseYou workstation assessment software.
2. Ensure all employees who use laptops also use a riser and separate keyboard and mouse to ensure the top of their laptop screen is at eye level.
3. Organise a 60-minute EnergiseYou Back care Awareness workshop or webinar for employees. In this we coach employees on healthy workstation practices and proactive back care.
4. Organise a week of 15 minute energising back massages for employees. This is a great way to relieve muscular tension in the neck, back and shoulders.
5. Encourage employees to follow these simple habits to minimise their technology use:
- Avoid turning your phone on for the first one or two hours of the day
- Turn your phone off for your last one to two hours before sleep
- Give yourself phone breaks throughout the day by turning your phone off for at least 30 minutes at a time. This could be while you have lunch with a friend, when you go for a walk, when you are working on an important project for an hour.
- The first three habits are key to give yourself these short breaks without your phone, but you also need to build in longer breaks. Go on a phone detox for at least 24 hours as often as you can. This could be for a day, a weekend away or maybe a whole week’s holiday without your phone.