When we hear of workplace health and safety, we people with cushy desk jobs might think we’re immune. However, there are just as many risks in the office, and we’re not just talking about slips, trips, and falls. Here, we’re going to look at the risks that every desk jockey needs to be aware of and the steps you should take to combat them.
The stresses of the job
Let’s start by acknowledging that anyone can suffer from stress and exhaustion due to their job. Elevation to new, unexpected responsibilities, dealing with overtime, and poor workplace relationships can all have a serious impact. While doing what you can to avoid stressors, such as reporting abusive behaviour and saying ‘no’ to too much overtime is important, so is learning coping strategies. From taking exercise breaks to practicing mindfulness meditation, it’s important to come to work equipped with the practices and habits that can help you maintain an even keel.
The burden on your back
Physical stress and emotional stress are very linked. Not only are you more likely to suffer back pain if you’re having a tough time at work, but that’s only added to the stress that a bad workstation can put on your back anyway. Learning about ergonomic office furniture and ensuring that your chair, desk, and monitor are all positioned to help ease the weight on your back as best as possible is important. Besides that, it’s key that you take a five to ten-minute break to stretch your legs and get away from the desk.
Your eyes are working, too
Similarly, you should take a break from looking at that computer screen. The blue light we face on a daily basis causes eye strain which not only stresses your eyes, but can contribute to sleeplessness and, thus, more stress. Wearing ULTRA monthly contact lenses can help keep your eyes moisturized and help you avoid that eyestrain. However, you should also ensure that you’re sitting a reasonable distance from the monitor and that your workstation is adequately lit. Having other lights to compliment the screen light instead of a harsh contrast between the screen and darkness makes it easier on your eyes.
Taking a sickie
Our ability to work and handle our responsibilities also impacts the stress that we feel from the job. Many of us feel guilty when having to take a day off, even when it’s justified. Of course, you want to avoid getting sick in the office in general, so keep these employee workplace hygiene tips in mind. Ensure that you keep hand sanitiser and surface wipes available on your person at all times. Wash your hands after touching any surface that might have been touch by another, and keep your workstation clean.
The physical stresses of the job all lead to mental stress, putting you at risk of anxiety, depression, and plenty of pain. Being aware of the issues makes it much easier to combat them. You have to be your own health advocate in the workplace.
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