6 Tips to Get Flexible at Your Desk (Infographic)
Spending the day sitting or standing can be hard on the body and mind. Whether your job is highly active or stagnant at a desk, taking time out of your busy day to stretch and move improves your range of motion and reduces the risks of musculoskeletal disorders, such as MSD.
In 2006, a manufacturing facility implemented a workplace stretching program for its 400+ employees. Prior to full execution of the program, staff members underwent an extensive nine month training program addressing nearly 180 safe ergonomic stretches and positions. The company designated 42 “Stretch Coaches,” who received training from licensed therapists. They separated the trained members of the company into “Stretch Groups,” containing 6 employees for 12 and 18 months to measure the effectiveness of the program. The surveys compared injury rates and employee satisfaction to monitor the overall response of the program. The results found that there was a 67 percent decrease in lost work day cases from the previous five-year average. In addition, MSD-related cases reduced 50 percent.
The employees’ feedback was positive, with an average response ranging from 7.5 to 8.2 on a scale of 1-10, 10 being highly satisfied. Sixty-five percent of employees also commented that stretching should be performed twice a shift.
Whether you implement a workplace stretching program or use these six tips to get flexible at your desk, encouraging employees to stretch daily is important in order to maintain job satisfaction and monitor stress levels.