The number of hours we spend sitting at a computer has increased dramatically compared to the workplace years ago, and as a result the risk of computer related health problems has been on the rise.
In a survey done by Staples Advantage, 84% of US office workers reported that they sit at a desk for four or more hours a day, which puts many at risk of developing strains and injuries affecting muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves, leading to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
And according to the Ministry of Labour, nearly 50% of all lost employee time is due to musculoskeletal disorders (source). To help avoid long-term injury, the Ministry recommends five minute breaks every hour for those doing repetitive tasks at a computer. Hourly stretching and simple desk exercises should also be added to your workday if you sit for prolonged periods of time. Some great stretches and resources can be found on our Pinterest board: Ergonmic Tips
In addition, the proper workspace furniture and accessories can help alleviate unnecessary strain on your shoulders, wrists, legs, and eyes.
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