The changing nature of work patterns, triggered by the continuing global health crisis, means many now need to work from home and this has seen a rise in musculoskeletal complaints.
A recent survey by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) revealed how homeworkers quickly experienced a significant jump in musculoskeletal complaints, especially in the neck (58 per cent), shoulder (56 per cent) and back (55 per cent).
Richard Guy, country sales manager UK & Ireland at Ergotron has told Facilitate that workers need to be particularly aware of incorporating movement into their routines.
He said: "Working from home has already seen millions of UK workers making do with dining room tables or kitchen worktops as designated workspaces, which for long-term working are not suitable for comfortable, productive working."
He added: "October marks National Ergonomics Month in the UK, so it’s an ideal time for homeworkers, and their employers, to consider making some simple ergonomic changes to support general health and wellbeing. Simple measures like incorporating movement into the workday, such as standing every so often, can improve circulation. A sit-stand desk, for example, is great for supporting alternate periods of standing and sitting throughout the day.
"Additionally, taking mini-breaks from the computer screen and stretching the neck and shoulders can minimise neck and eye strain. Finally, support your posture by sitting on a firm cushion or rolling up a towel and placing it behind your lumbar region to reduce slumping when seated. Making small ergonomic changes like these to your remote working routine will help support your body physically and enable you to work comfortably and productively.”
In 2003, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society designated October of every year to be National Ergonomics Month. The campaign observes the value of ergonomics in practice, that is the study of people’s efficiency in their work environment, and the science of refining the design of products to optimise them for their use.
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