Men & Health on the Job
Work comprises a large part of everyday life. There are many factors, both physical and mental at work that can affect your health. Below are some suggestions to create a healthier work environment.
Ergonomics focuses on designing and using equipment that focuses on good body mechanics. For example, the position of your chair may cause back pain.
To avoid back pain from improper chair posture, follow these simple guidelines:
- Seat height from the floor --- the feet should be able to rest flat on the floor. (However, this doesn't mean the feet should always be flat on the floor. Legs should be free to stay in different positions).
- Depth from the front of the seat to the backrest --- sitters should be able to use the backrest without any pressure behind the knees.
- Lumbar support height --- every person is shaped differently.
For more information on ergonomics visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Work and Stress
The workplace can be a source of stress that may permeate into other aspects of your life. Here are a few tips to prevent stress in the workplace.
- Learn to prioritize and set boundaries between work and home.
- Learn to communicate. Try to openly resolve conflicts at work. Consider seeking outside support from counselors, support groups or co-workers. Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress and create energy.
- Establish realistic expectations of yourself and others.
- The most effective way of countering cases of uncertainty at the workplace is to ask for the information you need.
- If your job may be in jeopardy, be sure to keep your skills and resume updated.
Stress Reducing Techniques
If you do find yourself stressed, try mental relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing. Do a few stretching exercises, try deep breathing or take a quick walk. These techniques may help reduce immediate stress.
If your job involves manual labor, such as heavy lifting or dangerous environments, be sure to use all the appropriate safety equipment. Learn more at the National Safety Council .