Common Questions From Companies and Organisations
Two key things; get them moving and help them restore their movement.
We need to get people using their set up properly. They need to change positions, they need to take breaks from their fully supported chairs. They might need to do some restorative exercise. We need to make them see that their body has adapted to the chair. We may need to work with them to look at how they move outside the workplace.
It doesn’t need to be expensive. An organisation’s attitude to workplace wellness and willingness to lead by example can have a much bigger and more effective approach than any ergonomic spending.
Nope, we get that … we certainly don’t spend our days walking either. Walking is only one type of movement. There are so many others. And so many that can be done at your desk. Check out this post.
First check out their default set up, is it DSE compliant?
Second look at how they use it? Do they use it or do they rely on it? Use is fine, total reliance is not. They need to be able to move away from it and be productive whislt away from it. Do they understand how important it is to move away from it?
Third, let’s look at their movement patterns. What corrective work can we do help them regain full range of motion so they can move well again.
Fourth consider habits.
Common Questions From Individuals
It’s less about the equipment and more about what you do with the body that’s using the equipment. Yes your equipment needs to be set up properly (in accordance with H&S DSE legislation) but this is neither complicated nor expensive. Then you have a great starting point from which to move, literally. Check out this post on ways to get more movement into your day and this page of (mostly!) inexpensive products that we love for getting more productive movement into your working day.
We’re not suggesting you do! We wouldn’t get much done if we did either. What we’re suggesting is that you take different positions throughout the day as you get your work done, and move parts of you that can move whilst you’re working. Getting yourself a wobble cushion is an excellent way to start moving your hips throughout the day. Having meetings standing up … check out this post for 10 of our favourite ways & no board room yoga is not one of them!
Right now you may be noticing nothing.. but your body will have already been impacted by your sitting. Check out this post for some further explanation
So then we need to look at how the equipment is being used and look at the body that’s using the equipment. The equipment should be used as a support not a crutch. For example you should try sitting for some small periods of the day without using the back rest. We also need to look at how much you move throughout the day and it’s worth considering what impact out of work postures and positions are having. If you regularly spend time out of work in a similiar position to your desk position (running? cycling? sofa sitting?) then your body is craving some change.
Well, the DSE stuff doesn’t but the movement stuff absolutely does. Read this post for some more
You are certainly well on your way … but do make sure you’re standing properly, that you still move throughout the day and that you do spend some time resting during the day (yep, I said that!)… more about all that here