A Healthy Spine for a Healthy Workplace

excersise-doable-at-your-deskLittle do we realise the importance of how much we would rely on maintaining a good posture through life – especially a life that is predominantly spent in front of the computer.

A 2014 Medibank survey found that the majority of adults in Australia spend nine hours a day glued to their screens, which counts for more than some hours we spend sleeping.

When you consider how much importance we place on our night time comfort and health, isn’t it crazy that we don’t take the same care with our daily routines and posture?

When you consider how much importance we place on our night time comfort and health, isn’t it crazy that we don’t take the same care with our daily routines and posture?

Failing to understand the negative impacts of a poorly designed work space will haunt you down the track with the threat of things like spinal, hip, leg and arm issues, not to mention more immediate concerns regarding productivity.
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“Stand up straight!” “Sit up straight!”

These are crucial elements of any workplace especially if you employ staff at your home office; as an employer, you are bound to provide a safe working environment that adheres to national OHS standards.

However, the solution is pretty simple. And the great thing when working from home is you are the one in control of your work space – you determine the layout and style and what is going to work best for you.

Ergonomic office furniture and fittings are designed to ensure that every part of your body is positioned so as to minimise the amount of stress to the spine.

This requires pretty serious consideration of your chair design, the height of your desk (and hence where your computer sits at eye level) and how this will all fit together to make your work area as comfortable and as functional as possible.

Modern day ergonomic office suppliers take all these safety standards into account when engineering their pieces, with the most reputable brands employing cutting edge designs and leading industry innovations that result in stylish and functional furniture solutions.

Depending on location, suppliers like Equip Office Furniture offer private consultation as well, which is helpful if you have a flexible budget and can afford a fully customised layout.

Along with following the general OHS recommendations (such as regular movement and stretching), the way your home office is structured can make a huge difference to your overall health and wellbeing – and what is more important than that?