In last week’s article we wrote about the importance of posture for staff and ways to improve it. A question we have been asked since was, “what tools, gadgets and equipment do you recommend to help with posture?”
A good question.
This week we thought we would share some of the key pieces of equipment that we would recommend, along with a selection of tools that we have been experimenting with ourselves.
For staff working on laptops for any more than half an hour at a time, laptop stands are now considered essential kit. They raise the laptop screen up to eye level, reducing the likelihood of the classic “dinosaur-neck” posture. You should also add an addition mouse and keyboard to meet DSE (Display Screen Equipment) requirements.
This combination helps the posture of the upper back, neck, shoulders and wrists. We reviewed an excellent, ultra-portable laptop stand for Posture People last year that you can see here.
These are a staple of a healthy office, and come as one of our most highly recommended pieces of office equipment.
Humans just weren’t designed to sit for extended periods and many health issues stem from sedentary living. Work performance is hindered by sitting due to a reduced blood flow, and also causes lower energy and musculoskeletal-related absenteeism and presenteeism issues.
A combination of standing and sitting throughout the day allows staff to stay mobile and alert with rest when needed. Standing desks can also help with hips, knees and the spine.
Standing Desk Mats
Being on your feet all day has its own drawback, which is why we recommend alternating between sitting and standing. Another effective way to reduce issues is with a standing desk mat. They allow users to move and stretch which can keep the blood from pooling in the feet.
This slight fidgeting can also be very beneficial for health of the feet, ankles, knees hips and the lower spine.
We have recently been experimenting with the efficacy of posture trackers and training apps. The idea is that they are points on the back that monitor when the user starts slouching. In training mode, they will vibrate to remind the user to stay upright. In tracking mode, they monitor posture across the day to measure improvement over time. We are currently using the Upright Go and so far see it as an effective tool to help improve posture. They are particularly beneficial for the upper back and neck.
Whether its an app or a physical device, timers are great to improve awareness of how long you have been sitting or standing. It’s easy for time to fly by while focussed on a task and before you know it you’ve been sitting for 3 hours straight! Setting a timer gives you a reminder at regular intervals to change your position.
Our recommendation is having one set to alarm every 30 minutes to alternate between sitting and standing. It’s also a wise idea to go for a 2 min walk to the water cooler etc once an hour to keep mobile.
If you need any advice on workplace health and performance, get in touch here.