Employee Wellness: Posture

May 20, 2021

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Raise your arms above your head and extend your upper back. Take a long, deep breath. Sit up straight and enjoy the sensation of a straighter spine and sharper thinking.

Do you feel better now? You enhanced circulation, improved your spirits, and raised your chances of tackling the issues creatively — all in just 20 seconds. What if you did it for five minutes every morning instead?

That is one of the goals of an employee wellness program.

Employee wellness programs, often known as wellness plans, are a type of health perk that many companies offer and healthcare coverage. A wellness program assists employees in staying healthy or, in some situations, improving their health. Organizations are increasingly developing employee wellness programs. These programs strive to incorporate healthy behaviors into the workforce through a mixture of tools, exercises, and incentives. They also integrate ergonomic design and employee posture understanding to establish a health-conscious workplace culture. 

Benefits

Employee wellness plans can help you recruit and retain good employees since they see it as a perk they would like to have at work. However, wellness programs offer benefits to the firm that can significantly affect and improve your bottom line.

MORALE AND PRODUCTIVITY

According to health experts, exercise emits endorphins (the "feel-good" hormones that aid boost mood. Happier people have a more optimistic view, resulting in more active workers, better problem-solving skills, and higher production. Participating in non-work tasks as a group develops employee relations as well as your corporate culture.

EMPLOYEE RETENTION

Employees feel appreciated when their employers invest in their well-being through wellness programs. This, together with their favorable attitude about their job, makes them more likely to stay in their roles.

ABSENTEEISM

Employers have long grappled with absenteeism and the reduced performance it creates. However, when employees arrive at work unwell, they transmit germs around the office, causing everyone to become ill. There would be less absenteeism if businesses could find a way to keep their staff healthy.

MONEY

According to studies evaluating employee wellness programs' benefits, businesses saved $3.27 in health care expenditures for every dollar spent on wellness programs and activities.

HEALTH

A solid wellness program's basis must focus on assisting employees in adopting healthy behaviors. Increased blood glucose, high cholesterol, and increased blood pressure are almost all the result of poor dietary practices and a lack of physical exercise. Eating and working out are both behaviors.

PRODUCTIVITY

Employees who are physically existing at work but are not working are said to be underperforming. This form of inefficiency is known as presenteeism. Employees' low productivity might be attributed to a variety of factors. They may not know how to use the device, get distracted by other workers, be unsure of what they are doing, be exhausted, or be on Facebook. Presenteeism links to poor health behaviors increased health risks, and the existence of chronic disease. Wellness programs that focus on assisting employees in developing healthy habits will eventually affect productivity.

Wellness Through Posture

When designing a wellness program, office design is an excellent place to start. A company can provide a company gym or workout area and schedule, and as simple as providing ergonomic furniture and work setup for the employees. Here's a closer look at how ergonomics connects to a wellness program to improve employee health outcomes.

Although posture is frequently unintentional, scientists have known that it tends to mirror our psychological and emotional states. According to research, consciously adopting good posture significantly impacts our optimism, energy levels, performance, and even memory. Merely sitting up straight can help with sleepiness and mild mood disorders.

Other benefits of good posture include:

● improved productivity and mental acuity

● more energy throughout the day

● improved breathing and circulation

● less mental exhaustion

● a reduction in back and body pains

● improved digestion

● increased oxygen delivery to the brain

● stronger core and back muscles

● burning fat throughout the day

● seeming more confident and appearing more competent.

Slouching is unprofessional. Sitting up straight decreases tension on your back and spine, lowering your risk of pain and injury significantly.

You're undoubtedly eager to develop better posture now that you're aware of some of the advantages. Here are some strategies to improve your posture:

EXERCISE.

Strong core muscles are necessary for sitting up straight and maintaining proper posture. Get into the habit of visiting the office gym or working on core strength at home. Sit-ups and planks are both practical exercises to do regularly. Both can be done at home or as part of your workplace's health program. The plank not only develops your core but also shows you how to stabilize your body. Squats are another excellent practice that you can perform at home or in the gym. Squats are good exercises for improving your core and back muscles. It will be simpler to keep good posture all day if you practice posture-improving exercises regularly.

MAINTAIN PROPER POSTURE WHEN USING A LAPTOP.

If you can't use your ergonomic desk at work or do not yet have one set up, there are still strategies to keep your posture in check. Use books, a ream of paper, or a laptop stand or riser to elevate your laptop to eye level. All you need is a separate keyboard and mouse connected to your computer for typing while maintaining your screen at the head or eye level. Even if you are not sitting on a gaming keyboard, you can sit up straight with your shoulders back rather than crouching over. Standing desk converters are most helpful.

There are many affordable selections for those working from home and who want to have a standing desk and ergonomic chair.

AN ERGONOMIC WORKSPACE.

You'll need an ergonomic workstation to correct your posture, including an adjustable computer monitor, a height-adjustable desk, a height-adjustable ergonomic chair, and a keyboard and mouse in the appropriate height and position. Standing desks can adjust into sitting desks are the best adjustable desks for healthy posture.

While sitting, you can change the height of your desk so that you may maintain your head straight rather than looking down. Standing improves your posture and makes you less prone to slump while working at a standing desk. In general, staying in the same position for an extended amount of time is unhealthy.

When you do sit, make sure you're sitting in the right kind of office chair. Fully adjustable ergonomic office chairs with adequate lumbar support are an investment in your overall health and well-being.

WEAR POSTURE CORRECTOR.

Both men and women can benefit from a posture corrector, a wearable gadget that can assist them in maintaining their posture at work. There are posture-correcting devices available with a strengthened crisscross back that comfortably pushes your shoulders back while cushioning your back. Both men and women can wear posture-correcting compression t-shirts under their work clothes.

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