Avoiding back pain while behind the computer

Employees who are required to perform tasks 8 hours a day or more at a desk behind a computer are prone to back pain. In fact, a study conducted by the Cornell University revealed that wrong posture when using a computer at work causes four out of five people to suffer from back pain.

Here are some tips you might want to consider to reduce your risk of back pain while working at a desk:

  • By moving the mouse closer to the keyboard, you avoid straining your arms and your back.
  • Choose an ergonomically-friendly chair and place so that your torso is an arm’s length away from your monitor
  • Be mindful of your posture: your head and neck should align right above your shoulders, feet flat on the floor and relaxed to avoid muscle tension
  • Take occasional breaks. Stretching your back and flexing your muscles may help relieve tension

As an employer, it is your duty to ensure that your employees have the capacity to meet the physical demands their job entails. You can do this by implementing scientific, safe, and legally compliant fit-for-duty testing for candidate and returning workers. We at WorkSTEPS are more than willing to be of help. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our services.

Managing morning sickness for pregnant women at work

Morning sickness is a natural occurrence common in most pregnancies. Pregnant women may feel nauseous particularly during the early hours of the day. For women who are at work during the course of their pregnancy, morning sickness usually hits them during the workday.

As an employer or a manager, it is important for you to know how you might best maintain a safe, conducive work environment for your pregnant employees. You may want to consider arranging a flexible work schedule to help her deal with morning sickness more easily. Job reassignments should also be considered if her current position may greatly compromise her safety and/or may significantly affect productivity.

At WorkSTEPS, we help employers and managers arrange onsite pre- and post-natal wellness programs that would help you keep pregnant employees safe and healthy while on duty. To learn more about how we can help your business boost productivity while ensuring safety, call us at (512) 617-4100 today.

Simple steps to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful hand and wrist condition that affects millions of Americans every year. CTS occurs when a nerve running across your arms to your wrists and hands has been pinched or damaged, making your grip weaker and your arms and hands feel painful, tender, or numb.

Employees who are exposed to either ergonomically-poor workplaces or repetitive and forceful hand activities are most vulnerable to CTS. To prevent CTS while working, make sure that your workplace tools are ergonomically designed to reduce CTS risk. Shaking out your hands periodically while performing repetitive duties may also help relieve hand tightness and stress. Finally, giving your hands regular breaks can ease any pressure that could damage the median nerve. You can do this by gently stretching, bending, and rotating your wrists and hands.

It is important for employers to ensure that workers are free from any injury that may compromise the individual or group’s safety. At WorkSTEPS, we help business owners and managers determine if a candidate employee or a returning worker could perform duties that require repetitive hand functions. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our programs.