It is now widely known that sedentary work can be detrimental to wellbeing. Poor posture, stress and long hours are hazardous to our health and office workers are subject to this at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Working shifts or evenings disrupts the circadian cycle causing greater risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease & cancer. Try and regulate your body clock. Those who regularly sleep in late show a decline in Leptin, (a hormone that suppresses appetite) and an increase in Cortisol (the stress hormone).
Exposure to excessive light can also cause health problems as our body reacts to it in the same way as total darkness. There is a higher risk of stress, fatigue, high blood-pressure and cancer due to over-illumination which disturbs our internal clocks.
A recent study found those guilty of second screening (using multiple screens - computer, television or smartphone) have lower grey matter density in a certain area of the brain which plays a role in decision-making and empathy.
Motivational meetings and team-building events can make employees feel worse, especially for those already over-worked and under-appreciated if they feel they are being encouraged to do more. Forcing positive attitudes on an employee towards a goal they may not believe in or deem a priority can have the opposite effect and leave individuals feeling dispirited and even depressed.
Keyboards are a breeding ground for bacteria. Regularly clean your keyboard, phone and mouse.
High heels can cause spinal injuries, muscle spasms and migraines. Uncomfortable shoes may also encourage the habit of prolonged sitting.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and RSI are not only caused by excessive typing but also smartphone usage. Strained tendons and muscle fatigue in our hands are caused by repeated movement and holding our hand/finger/thumb in a prolonged awkward position.