“Job Wellness” What’s Trending in 2017?
First let’s take a look the definition of the words job and wellness.
Definition of Job: noun \ˈjäb\
a specific duty, role, or function; the heart’s job is to circulate blood
Definition of Wellness: noun – well·ness \ˈwel-nəs\
the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal; an evolving process of lifestyles and choices that help one achieve their full potential.
Job Wellness programs look at the employee’s duties, tasks and environment to help assess changes that can be made so that the employee can achieve their full potential as it relates to their job.
Many companies have started taking active steps to help improve their employee’s work site, health and overall job wellness.
Over the past few years some business are adding gyms at the work site, or offering gym memberships to their employees encouraging mobility and stress release while at work.
Job Wellness is not just about a health care plan, gym membership or paid time off. Job Wellness is also about the complete workstation; job sites and tasks being evaluated by outside professionals to help the employers improve the employee’s job safety, comfort, job satisfaction, health and well-being.
Here is a current article on some trends that employers are taking a look at in 2017. http://www.bit.ly/2lelHA2
Several times a year I teach continuing education seminars for assisted living owners regarding job safety and ergonomics. During the power point presentation I talk about myths and facts related to safe patient handling. You might ask, how does this apply to “Office Ergonomics and Job Wellness”? The answer lies below.
Here are just a few myths and their related facts on office ergonomics:
MYTH: Those who are physically fit have a reduced risk of job injury, stress & fatigue.
FACT: Unless a worker trains in the same tasks as the job requires, then the benefit is minimal (A runner’s cardio fitness will not necessarily help them to have good body mechanics or good posture while sitting at a work station)
MYTH: Bad habits are hard to break relating to ergonomics, office wellness and office safety.
FACT: Habits are correctable by applying the following:
“Education & Training” followed by “Applied Knowledge” creates a New Mindset, “New Mindsets” create “New Habits”.
MYTH: Buying an item that the “manufacturer states is ergonomically correct” must be good, and the product will correct my work station problem.
FACT: Not all ergonomic tools and equipment are created equal. Often you get what you pay for. But most importantly if you haven’t had a proper Ergonomic Assessment, you may not know the exact solution to your job wellness and job safety problem. There are from 30-60 different questions and assessments that go into a Certified Ergonomic Evaluation to help aid in the purchase of ergonomic tools or furniture.
MYTH: An ergonomic program will not help my company’s productivity or bottom line.
FACT: As you may have read in a previous blog titled (Workplace Ergonomics, is it Worth the Investment) proper ergonomic assessments and training will improve worker comfort, as well increase productivity and creativity. Ergonomic training will also help to decrease job turnover, and absenteeism.
So Just What Are Ergo Breaks?
As you may have read in our previous Blogs; long periods of sitting, awkward postures, repetitive motions, eye strain, and lack of mobility will all play havoc on your overall job function, creativity, productivity, sense of wellbeing and is a sure setup for stress and fatigue.
Ergo Breaks are nothing more than taking a few minutes several times a day to stretch, walk or disconnect from your desk, the phone, computer, or any work space.
Movement is one of the most fundamental ways we have to aid in job function, mental clarity, physical strength and of course general wellbeing.
Ergo Breaks don’t even require you to go to the gym or outside. You can do these breaks right at your workstation in most cases. These exercises are simple, quick and are sure to refresh and re-energize you for the next hour or two.
Here is a great source, http://bit.ly/2krfJHm for Ergo Break Exercises from the “National Institute of Health” for the following: Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hand, Wrist, Finger, Foot and more.
Now all you need to do is commit to taking breaks every one to two hours during the work day, do the exercises, and then stay committed to adding them to your daily routine throughout your work week.