If you’re anything like me, you’re probably slumped over your computer and tapping away at your keyboard. Your shoulders are drooped and you have a nice hunch going on. And the truth is, we’re ruining ourselves by doing that!
As soon as someone talks to you about posture, you’re sure to sit up straight. It makes you more aware if it’s pointed out to you. The way you sit can actually affect your efficiency. According to EHS Today nearly half the adult workforce suffers from some degree of head, back, or neck pain. Unsurprisingly, that leads to a lot of down time and loss of production across all industries.
The article is based on a study performed by UpRight, makers of a posture training device combining an app and wearable feature, and Ernst & Young that studied the correlation between posture and workplace productivity. UpRight CEO Oded Cohen theorized that poor posture was costing companies in missed time and productivity.
“The reality is that most business men and women spend eight to twelve hours a day sitting slouched over at their desks, which leads to back pain, decreased productivity, poor health and missed work days.”
Over a period of weeks, 31 employees were coached on healthy posture habits and surveyed about their personal experiences with back pain and productivity. The coaching took place two to four times a week for six weeks with assistance from the UpRight mobile app and wearable. The UpRight device attaches to the upper or lower back and utilizes advanced sensors to notify the user when he/she was slouching.
Their results showed that 75 per cent of participants improved their posture over the course of the study. Not only that, but they reported decreased back pain and a greater feeling of productivity while at work.
Additional finding included these:
- 85 percent of participants became more aware of their posture.
- 71 percent of participants felt more confident when they had good posture.
- 66 percent of participants experienced the strengthening of core muscles.
- 50 percent of participants reported a difference in their posture in one to six sessions.
It’s estimated that back pain results in productivity and work time losses totaling nearly $7 billion, with existing issues contributing to nearly 70 per cent of all lost time among the U.S. workforce. It makes tremendous sense for employers to explore simple solutions, like improving workers’ postures, with so much on the line.
So what can you do at your work space? Start by paying attention to your own posture and the effects it has on you. Do you notice yourself slouching or slumping? Do you find yourself getting headaches or having back pain? These are simple warning signs that your posture needs fixing. The solutions are pretty simple, too.
Hunching over in your chair not only makes you look tired, but it actually makes you feel tired, too. It drains you of your energy, and can hurt your ambition for the day. Try sitting up straight in your chair, pushing your shoulders down and back and keep your head facing forward. The same goes for when you’re standing or walking around. Just give it a shot and see how you feel. Do you feel more confident? Do you feel more strength, like you could take anything on?
Here at AccelaWork, we know that ergonomics help productivity growth. It’s not just about posture, but also the way your equipment is set up around you. Looking for more ways to become efficient? Reach out to one of our business improvement consultants!