January 10, 2017

How Your Job is Hurting Your Health (And What to Do About It)

by TrueNorth Desks

For millions of Americans, work is something laborious instead of something to be enjoyed. Isn’t it time we start to take control over our hours between 9 to 5? We are sitting for longer and longer amounts of time every day, we aren’t eating as healthy as we know we should, and we are easily influenced by negative attitudes. All of these are opportunities for individuals to change their circumstances to ensure they are enjoying their work days more. Corporate office furniture, agreeable personalities and healthy boundaries all play a role in creating healthier habits. Here are a 4 Ways That Your Job is Hurting Your Health … And What to Do About It:

Bucking Tradition

Don’t assume that just because things have always been done a certain way, that you can’t request something different. In today’s marketplace, the ability to think outside of the box, with grit and determination, and to offer multiple solutions to ongoing problems will allow you to move up in your career and gain the respect of your superiors. If you notice that co-workers and employees are unhappy while at work, change something! Too many of us are seeing the correlation between malaise at work and unhealthy habits.

Sitting is the New Smoking

It’s been said in recent years that sitting is the new smoking. Office workers who sit for long periods of time report chronic lower back and neck pain. Standing desks offer employees a chance to change up their routine throughout the day. At TrueNorth, the programmable, motorized function on our sit to stand desks allow employees to move seamlessly between positions during the workday. Users of standing desk experience lower cholesterol and burn more calories than their sitting counterparts.

Harmful Hours

There is much to be done in a day, but not all of it needs to be at work. As an employer, maintain employee satisfaction with shorter workdays or varied schedules. Reports show that people are most productive when they are happy and satisfied with their work, not when they are necessarily in the building for longer periods of time. At TrueNorth, we value our employees’ time and want to ensure that they have the flexibility to accomplish daily, personal tasks. Avoid making your job your sole identity; you’ll be healthier and happier for it.

Little Time for Personal Health

Due to long hours, traffic-heavy commutes and demanding assignments, many of us are unable to find time to exercise during the workweek. However, it is so essential! If you are able to work at a standing desk, you are already ahead of the game. Using ergonomic office furniture during the day improves postures and contributes to healthy energy levels, giving you the headspace to exercise before or after work. If your job doesn’t promote healthy living in at least a few, small ways, then maybe it’s time to enact change.

What Can You Do?

The most important thing is to not accept unhealthy living as your future. If you notice unhealthy habits in your work environment, make changes. If your standing desk is in a location with poor lighting and negative personalities, ask to have it moved. If you are eating unhealthy during the workweek, invest in a prepared meal plan. If you are experiencing neck and back pain, join the standing desk movement!  

Contact Us

At TrueNorth, we have created a line of desks that provide users with greater comfort and health. It’s important to make small changes in your life that contribute to a happier, healthier self! As an employer, make sure your employees have a quality work environment and enjoy the productivity they’ll have as a result. If you are interested in getting started on your first standing desk order, contact our team of customer service representatives. We look forward to hearing from you!

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