Why You Need to Stop Slouching at Work

Slouching at Work Working at an office desk may seem pretty risk-averse, however it is well known that sitting at a desk for long periods of time contributes to a host of health issues. In fact, according to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, in 2020, musculoskeletal disorders and injuries accounted for 30% of all workplace injuries. Musculoskeletal symptoms occur as a result of slouching whilst sitting or standing, and research suggests this can misalign your spine and hips (particularly when crossing your legs or ankles), cause neck strain, restrict blood throughout the body and can cause wear and tear on your spine. These symptoms may seem extreme and severe, however can be prevented, so long as you practice better work ergonomics. What is Workplace Ergonomics? Workplace ergonomics is defined as “the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population”. Ergonomics is a solution used to identify any ergonomic hazards that may result in work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and has been shown to improve productivity, employee engagement and physical health and safety. Work ergonomics include tailoring your desk and computer equipment to your specific body type as well as improving any bad working habits. These changes don’t have to be dramatic, just slight improvements such as:

Easy Ways to Improve Your Posture at Work

1. Stand Tall