Whether it’s a troublesome colleague, an overbearing boss, an ever-growing workload or something else, there are plenty of aches and pains to endure at a workplace. However, the physical discomfort suffered by many employees can reduce job satisfaction, effect productivity and have long term detrimental effects.
It could be long hours spent sat at a desk typing on a keyboard or standing at a work station for extended periods of time, there’s a growing number of staff members suffering from ailments induced by their working conditions.
Here we take a look at some of the methods that can be introduced to reduce the aches and pains of the work place:
1. Take a break and stay mobile
It’s important to take short breaks frequently throughout the day as they allow for regular movement, which will help to keep joints and muscles moving freely. The temptation can be to have one longer break but this does not allow for movement throughout the day.
If you’re worried about losing time or productivity, use the breaks to carry out tasks that require you to move away from your desk or to change your movement. Parking further away from the building to extend your walk to work or using the stairs instead of the lift are both good methods too. Alternatively, it could be something as simple as doing the tea run for your colleagues.
2. Use anti-fatigue mats
This is a product aimed particularly at those who spend their working days on their feet. The mat, which comes in a range of shapes and sizes, reduces the stress that is exerted on joints. It also helps reduce other risks such as slipping and tripping.
They encourage you to regularly move your feet, adjusting your stance, so you don’t spend all day in one position. Reducing the threat of pain will also result in increased productivity and less sick days.
3. How to deal with back pain
When suffering with back pain the temptation can be to spend a lot of time resting and laying down but staying active is important. However, consultation with a doctor is highly recommended to ensure you don’t push yourself too far and end up making the situation worse. Doing core exercises will help strengthen the necessary muscles and reduce the impact on the back.
Alternatives include switching between a hot and cold press and painkillers. You should always notify your line manager or a senior employee at work if you’re suffering from back pain, it’s important that they know so they can make the correct accommodations and there may even be a health plan that can help cover the required treatment.
4. Gentle exercise
Everyday activities that you enjoy can help stretch muscles and block the pain signals to the brain. Swimming, dancing, gardening and walking are all good methods. Starting gradually and building up should negate any risk of over exertion and further damage. There may be some initial pain in joints and muscles but this is just as they get fitter.
5. Get a good nights sleep
During the night and when you’re trying to sleep can be when the pain becomes its most acute. However, it’s important to maintain as close to a regular sleeping pattern as possible. Sleep deprivation can worsen the problem, creating a vicious cycle.
Now you know how to reduce aches and pains caused by the work place, you can take the necessary steps to move toward a pain-free working life.