Workplace Ergonomics: 7 Tips to Reduce Office Workers’ Injuries (Pt. 2)

November 14, 2014

Picking up from where Workplace Ergonomics: 7 Tips to Reduce Office Workers’ Injuries (Pt. 1) left off, below we will continue to point out some essential workplace ergonomics tips that can help sedentary workers minimize their risks of developing certain types of on-the-job injuries.

More Essential Workplace Ergonomics Tips

Tip 3 – Make it a point to get up and move around a bit.

Walking around and performing some basic exercises are two essential workplace ergonomics tips that can reduce office workers’ risks of developing workplace injuries.

Walking around and performing some basic exercises are two essential workplace ergonomics tips that can reduce office workers’ risks of developing workplace injuries.

While office workers tend to be seated for the majority of their days, making a point to get up and walk around a bit can be a very healthy practice. In fact, by getting up and moving around, office workers can:

  • Get their blood circulating
  • Relieve some physical stress that certain parts of their bodies may be bearing in the seated position
  • Get some clarity on projects or tasks they are working on (which can relieve mental stress).

Some easy ways to incorporate this workplace ergonomics tip into your work routine include by:

  • Taking the stairs more often (if you work on a second or third floor)
  • Taking at least two 10-minute breaks to walk around (preferably with one of these scheduled for the morning and one set later in the day)
  • Taking the long way to walk to meetings or a colleague’s office
  • Standing up or walking during meetings (this may only work with teleconferences).

Tip 4 – Incorporate some basic exercises into your daily routine.

Just as getting up and walking around will help you relieve some of the physical stress your body may be under while you sit for hours on end, so too will doing a few simple exercises throughout your day. Some examples of workplace ergonomics exercises to try to regularly practice include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Neck exercises, such as stretching your neck from side to side and holding the stretched position for about 15 seconds (to relive neck tension)
  • Eye exercises, such as closing one’s eyes for at least 15 seconds while breathing deeply (to try to relax strained eye muscles)
  • Back exercises, such as standing with one’s back flat against a wall and sliding down the wall until the legs are at a right angle (to release back tension)
  • Hand and wrist exercises, such as balling the hands up and rolling them in circles (to unlock some tension that may have built up in the wrists from typing).

We will present some final workplace ergonomics tips in the upcoming conclusion to this blog series – we encourage you to check it out!

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