Well, we’ve all heard that before and maybe even uttered it ourselves. But what about the job is a pain in the neck? Something worth looking at, for sure! It could be that employees are claiming their jobs to be a pain in the neck because they actually have a pain in the neck. Consider assessing your work environment to discover hazards and evidence of poor ergonomics. Experts in the field acknowledge the following good practices for a general office environment:
- Chairs should include lumbar support and occupants should be seated toward the back of the chair
- Feet should rest flat on the ground
- Monitor should be in a position that is in the direct line of sight and limits neck flexing
- Keyboard should be positioned so that arms fall to the side and are at a 90 degree angle – wrists should also be in a relaxed position
- Shoulders should be relaxed
One of the most important ways to avoid such pains is to take breaks. It’s important, both physically and mentally, to take breaks. Our bodies and minds were not designed to sit at a workstation all day! The recommendation is to get up and take a little walk every 20 – 30 minutes. In doing so, employees return to their workstations refreshed and ready to go! An employee who is comfortable, relaxed and rested will yield higher productivity and longevity. By taking time to become aware and make corrections, you may help avoid costs in the area of workers’ comp insurance and healthcare, not to mention cutting down on employee absenteeism due to illness or physical injury. Now that’s a good cure for a pain in the neck!