People are spending more time at their workstations. Sitting in long duration, often in a static posture. Static seated postures can result in different work-related musculoskeletal disorders as well as it curtails blood circulation and affects organ functioning. Neck, shoulder and back pain are also common consequences of repetitive work, such as continuous keyboard and mouse use. Musculoskeletal disorders are the main cause for sickness absence from work. Regular breaks and finding the right sitting position are the prerequisites for a good working posture.
Although, sitting is still the most common work position for deskwork, there are other options too. Due to the increase in use of electric and stand-up tables, half-sitting and standing have become more popular working positions. Another growing trend is the use of multi-functional spaces, where the activity defines the workstation and not the other way around.
Shared workspaces are challenging, since the employees do not have their own personal work places. Therefore, flexible furniture that allows for adjustments to be made becomes essential, such as adjustable chairs and tables. Particularly when seen from an ergonomic and alertneAss perspective. However, the right furniture and adjustment is of no use if the working posture remains incorrect.
When sitting in the office chair, it is important to sit in the back of the chair so that the spine touches the backrest. In that way, the lumbar region gets sufficient support. The front edge of the chair should not press against the back of the knees. Instead, the feet should be laid flat on the floor and the shoulders to remain relaxed. This makes working become increasingly easier.
On the other hand, in a half-sitting position it is important that the angle between thighs and body is large enough. This increases the blood circulation and helps metabolic function in preventing constipation. A half-sitting position is beneficial for the back, since it almost automatically results in a good posture for the body and increases the blood circulation in the lower back.
Although standing is a natural posture, there are wrong ways of standing. Standing on hard ground can easily result in the feet being locked in a straight position, which can cause knee – and lower back pain. Standing mats and active boards are good alternative equipment for working standing up.
No alternative is better than the other. Nevertheless, it is important to remain active while sitting down and to avoid static working postures. Electric tables, good work chairs and other flexible furniture, are example of activating options that makes for a functional and ergonomically supporting workstation. The best work posture is always the next posture.
Good working position is like a good sneaker – you don’t even realize that you have it on but it supports in the right way.