Did you know that June is National Employee Wellness Month? FIT has been preventing back injuries within corporate America now for 17 years by imbuing a wellness approach to workers’ comp cost abatement.
We have focused our programs (Backsafe® and Sittingsafe®) on the belief that in order to prevent work related injuries, you must also include how to prevent off work injuries too. After all, your spine and other body parts register physical stress no matter what you are doing.
The first thing we accomplish in our training is to establish a “personal wellness attitude”. There are too many instances in our society where people are treated as victims of their environment. Aches and pains are explained as “it’s just part of the job” or part of the “aging process”.
In a recent Sittingsafe Ergonomic Workshop, one employee stated: “it is about time someone told me how I can help prevent aches and pains.”
Employees do not want to be in pain. Teaching people that they can have a say in how they feel is very empowering.
A simple tip that can make a huge difference to those who work on a computer at home or work is the following:
Never reach for your keyboard! Your arms can weigh up to 12-15% of your body weight. Keep your elbows by your side while typing. This will help prevent neck and should discomfort and may even help you get rid of dull, tension related headaches!
Have you thought about strategies to enhance your employees’ wellness? If you need some help, let us know. We have years of experience in industry across the board.