"Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” —Dolly Parton
Being career focused, profit oriented, enhancing the productivity at work is all fine, however in all this we can’t forget that we do everything to be happy, peaceful and must be available to cherish our success. Whether it is work from office or work from home, the work load, work stress will always be there.
The common but serious body pain for working professionals are neck pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain, back pain and some get knee pain too. The professionals working at desk job like IT professionals, bankers, writers, customer care executives, managers get to experience neck, shoulder and back pain due to their job type.
Workplace pain triggers & impact on productivity
For many employees, physical pain is traumatic, yet unaddressed health issue. Research reveals that the majority of employees in an office are experiencing physical pain with some frequency, and nearly 1 in 4 believe it's just a standard part of having a desk job. You can’t overlook the physical pain as it can affect your health in long-run and also affects your productivity.
This misconception can lead professionals/employees to under-treat their pain until it interferes with their ability to do their job. Chronic pain, or pain that affects a person's life for a longer period of time than it can disrupt mood, sleep, attitude, social life, emotional health and work productivity.
In fact, research have found that 3 in 10 office workers lose minimum two or more hours a month on work-related tasks because of pain - that's equivalent to three workdays a year. It may be more in cases too. Long working hours plays a vital role in triggering bad health among workers.
Employers today need to place a spotlight on chronic health conditions, addressing body pain in the workplace should be a key component of any wellness initiative. Employers and employees can start by better understanding of key pain triggers and equipping themselves with the knowledge and tools they need to prevent and take care to have a healthy and productive workspace environment.
Precautions and Care
A sedentary lifestyle and constant sitting or standing hours at work are the common habits among office workers. Professionals/workers admit that they wouldn't even get up from their desks if they needed to talk to a colleague. Even after arriving home & staying active isn't a priority. Daily workouts and meditation would help to heal, however, in every hour you should stretch and have movements.
Employees/office workers have also recognised many other habits at work increases their chances of pain, including;
Hunching over a desk
Sitting in an uncomfortable chair
Staring at a computer monitor
Using a computer mouse
Proper ergonomic design
Work Stress also
8 Habits for pain-less productivity
These above habits contribute to pain most often in the low back, the neck, shoulders and wrists. Making small changes to a workspace and certain practices in daily routine can have a great impact on their overall health.
Like you may try;
Sit up straight and don't hunch over your computer. Save your back
Put your feet flat on the floor. It will improve your posture.
Place your computer monitor to the eye level to reduce strain on your neck muscles & eyes too.
While using mouse, make sure your elbows stay close to your body with forearms flat on a level arm rest. This makes it easier for your wrists to be even with the keyboard.
Set an alarm on your phone for every 30 minutes to remind to take a stretch break. Stretching is very important.
Walk to a colleague's desk to speak with him or her in-person, instead of texting or calling.
If possible, try taking a few extra minutes to climb the stairs to get your blood flowing instead of choosing elevator.
Keep a pain gel along instead of pain-killer tablets. Topical treatment is always safe and better. When it starts paining apply the gel/cream 2-3 times to feel relieved and work more efficiently. There are OTC pain relief gels to carry along. Gels with Sesame oil extract works faster as it penetrates deep. Sesame Oil is known to be one of the most effective pain reliever. Gel is more better to use as it is not sticky and smelly.
Pain and Productivity
Pain has direct and indirect impact on productivity. Consistent pain causes uneasiness to work, it might also cause disturbed sleep and anxiety. People event tend to quit jobs due to unbearable back, neck and shoulder pain. Reducing pain in the office is smart for business & to deal with competition. Pain is not something that can be "worked through”. Addressing your pain an treating it will enhance your efficiency at work. Break this pain cycle today, you will not only improve overall health, but increase productivity, which directly impacts a company's bottom line. Every employer should see this issue as one of the main reason of poor performance of his employee, fall in productivity and difficulty in meeting targets.
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