With the rise of remote work, many businesses have transitioned their operations to a work-from-home model. While this offers numerous benefits, it also comes with its fair share of risks. As a business owner or manager, it is crucial to identify and address these risks to protect your team’s health, well-being, and ultimately, the success of your business. In this article, we will explore three important risk factors that can have financial implications in terms of potential injury and loss for your business and team.
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It is imperative to address Mobility, flexibility, core strength, realignment of the joints, spine and especially build postural awareness of the individual in a workplace environment.
We must also treat the body as a whole system, because is it. Addressing the key pain points of a sedentary sitting body, the neck, shoulders back and hips and the mind will support the whole structure of the spine in the remote working environment.
Regardless of the actual source of the back pain, generally speaking, the protocol is the same. In the first place we have to educate the individual on how they use their body In their day to day environments.
As far as the movement element we must address the key components of pain relief. This systematic approach we teach is like no other in the market, It is designed to be easy and safe for even the most sedentary body.
It is perfect for healthy workplaces to support their team members to work freely and without pain. This alone will increase workplace productivity and save the business money by preventing workplace injury.
After a recommendation to the future client to speak to a specialist eg: Chiropractor, or Physiotherapist to seek out a full set of x-rays and clearance to exercise, for her own personal peace of mind, she Is looking forward to joining us at Healthy Office Bodies in the very near future.
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Another risk factor associated with office work is maintaining a static posture for extended periods. Being frozen in one position with minimal movement can cause muscle stiffness, joint pain, and poor circulation. Encourage your team to practice proper ergonomics by using adjustable furniture, maintaining good posture, and taking short breaks to stretch and move around. By promoting active and dynamic work environments, you can help reduce the negative impact of static posture.
In this instance impact refers to the force exerted on the keyboard while typing. Many individuals unknowingly type with excessive force, which can lead to various injuries. The constant impact can result in painful and long-term damage to the fingers, hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, shoulders, and neck. To mitigate these risks, educate your team about proper typing techniques, including typing with a lighter touch and utilizing ergonomic keyboards and accessories.
Mitigating Risks to Protect Your Business and Team:
Addressing these risk factors is essential for safeguarding the health and well-being of your team and, ultimately, the success of your business. By implementing the following measures, you can significantly reduce these risks:
Regular Workstation Assessments: Provide your remote employees with access to professional workstation assessments. These assessments can identify ergonomic issues and suggest appropriate adjustments to promote a healthier work environment.
Ergonomic Education: Offer educational resources and training sessions to educate your team on proper ergonomics, including maintaining good posture, taking breaks, and incorporating physical activity into their daily routines.
Risk Assessments: Conduct regular risk assessments to identify potential hazards related to remote work. This proactive approach allows you to address any emerging issues promptly and prevent costly injuries or health problems.
By investing in the well-being of your remote team members and creating a safe and healthy work environment, you not only reduce the risk of injuries and health problems but also enhance their overall performance and productivity.
Sandra Leigh is a Professional Pilates Instructor, Teacher, Trainer and Coach who specializes in helping people, businesses and workplaces, improve productivity, reduce sick leave and prevent injury!
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Sandra Leigh is a Professional Pilates Instructor, Teacher, Trainer and Coach who specialises in helping people, businesses and workplaces, build mind and body performance !