Fighting Poor Posture in the Work Place

One of the most difficult issues to overcome in an office is the struggle to maintain good posture. Too many employees are far too likely to ignore good posture practices or to contort their bodies into positions that they think are improving their posture, but are actually hurting them. The truth is, bad posture has long-term consequences. It can lead to severe and chronic pain in the head, neck, back, shoulders, legs, and feet. It can increase the production of stress hormones such as cortisol, and lead to fatigue and musculoskeletal disorders.

At WorkSTEPS, our trained employees know how to spot poor posture and, more importantly, how to fix it. If you work in an office space and are concerned about the potentially damaging effect of bad posture on your employees or peers, call us today at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about the training programs we offer.

Things to Avoid

Interestingly enough, employees who try to maintain good posture without actually knowing what they need to do can cause more harm to their own bodies than those who simply slouch. Posture is not simply the act of sitting up straight. In truth, good posture means being well supported in a solid position. A few of the most common issues employees have with maintaining good posture at a desk are:

  • Sitting too far up in the seat
  • Sitting at the wrong height
  • Resting arms at the wrong height
  • Resting arms too wide apart
  • Setting the computer screen too high or low
  • Too much up and down motion in the neck when reading
  • Improper head and neck support

Many clients are shocked by exactly how much their poor posture can affect them. When posture is corrected, employees may see an improvement in energy levels, mood, work productivity, and joint stiffness.

Contact a WorkSTEPS Representative

Let us help your office become a better place by improving the well-being of your employees today. Call a representative at WorkSTEPS at (512) 617-4100 to find out more about how we can help you and your employees through our training programs today.