Employees who are required to perform tasks 8 hours a day or more at a desk behind a computer are prone to back pain. In fact, a study conducted by the Cornell University revealed that wrong posture when using a computer at work causes four out of five people to suffer from back pain.
Here are some tips you might want to consider to reduce your risk of back pain while working at a desk:
- By moving the mouse closer to the keyboard, you avoid straining your arms and your back.
- Choose an ergonomically-friendly chair and place so that your torso is an arm’s length away from your monitor
- Be mindful of your posture: your head and neck should align right above your shoulders, feet flat on the floor and relaxed to avoid muscle tension
- Take occasional breaks. Stretching your back and flexing your muscles may help relieve tension
As an employer, it is your duty to ensure that your employees have the capacity to meet the physical demands their job entails. You can do this by implementing scientific, safe, and legally compliant fit-for-duty testing for candidate and returning workers. We at WorkSTEPS are more than willing to be of help. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our services.