Standing at work – the conundrum

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On September 27, 2017, Posted by , In Retail ergonomics, By ,,, , With No Comments

When out and about we see the good, the bad and the ugly of workstations…

In the latter category; workstations that are designed for standing workers but have had a chair thrown into the mix. Initially this is usually really popular with employees – a chair! They can sit down to rest now! But it doesn’t usually take long for problems to set in…

A workstation that has been designed for standing workers just doesn’t work with a chair.

There’s no knee gap under the counter so you can’t sit close enough to the work surface. This means you either need to sit beside the counter and turn at the waist to work, or sit a long way back from the work edge and lean and reach forward.

Both these postures will cause strain and discomfort, leading to fatigue and musculoskeletal injury.

A workstation designed for standing

So, if a workstation has been designed for standing workers… its imperative that the workers do stand!

The problem with standing in one place, on a hard surface – as is pretty often the case in a retail store – is that the immobility causes aching feet and tired legs.

This is most probably the main reason that chairs creep into workspaces. Ironically, most retail tasks are better suited to standing work – manipulating and scanning large, awkward or heavy items is much better accomplished from a standing position.

To encourage people to stand at work it is imperative to provide a well-designed work place. And part of this is to consider the anti fatigue matting…

Anti fatigue mats

Tiredness and aching muscles is a problem for standing workers; this is caused by reduced blood flow, and poor return of blood from the legs. Anti-fatigue and workplace mats are designed to encourage tiny movements in the legs, causing muscular contractions that are almost unnoticeable.

This promotes blood flow in the legs and combats tiredness and discomfort. Anti-fatigue mats have also been shown to protect against foot conditions and lower back problems.

Essentially, they’re good for you and they FEEL good.

Making standing up feel less onerous (and more comfortable) is an excellent way to encourage employees to do it!

Employees will enjoy better posture, less discomfort and stiffness because they’re moving around more. Using a anti fatigue matting will mean a reduction in foot pressure and insulation from cold, hard floors.

A high quality antifatigue mat will be durable and last for years. Truly investable equipment!

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