Standing for prolonged periods could be linked to health risks

Stand at work, but make sure you're doing it safely.

Stand at work, but make sure you’re doing it safely.

When you’re standing at work for long hours each day, you may find that you have joint pain by the time your shift has ended. While anti-fatigue mats can help ease the physical stress that comes from standing for prolonged periods, it’s still important that you’re paying attention to other aspects of health.

According to Safety + Health Magazine, standing for long hours each day at work could have an impact on a person’s chance of heart disease. The news provider links to a study that tracked approximately 7,300 people who had no history of heart disease prior to the study. The study lasted for 12 years and by the end, 3.4 percent had heart disease. The researchers found that people who spent the majority of their jobs mostly standing, as opposed to workers who spent more time sitting.

However, it’s important that workers are informed so they’re able to take breaks while on the job. CNN suggests in order to get the right balance, you should stand for every 8 minutes of work that you have. Be sure to take sitting breaks throughout so you keep your blood flowing and muscles engaged. Also taking walks around can help you shift weight and ease the burden.

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Keep employees more engaged for higher safety rates

Educate your employees on your safety culture.

Educate your employees on your safety culture.

Do you have anti-fatigue mats around the workspace? Not only can these mats provide comfort to those who are on their feet all day, but can also provide traction when things get busy in the workplace. It’s easy to trip and fall either due to a slippery floor or a raised object on the ground, so anti-fatigue mats can bring an extra layer of protection.

However, in addition to making the workplace a safer environment physically, you should also work on educating your employees to ensure they’re aware of the safety hazards of the workplace. According to EHS Today, a culture of workers that are engaged in safety are less likely to experience an accident while also improving productivity. The news provider found disengaged workers led to 49 percent more accidents and an absenteeism rate 37 percent higher than engaged cultures.

It’s critical that every employee has a stake in work safety practices. According to Gallup, giving all workers a stake in overall safety and the mission of the workplace can help drive safety measures. The source suggests making sure employees understand how important their jobs are, so they can take pride in their work and pay closer attention while on the job.

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The restaurant industry continues to be a major job supplier

Lots of people have found themselves running around the anti-fatigue mats of the kitchen.

Lots of people have found themselves running around the anti-fatigue mats of the kitchen.

There are always trends in employment depending on the sector, but one industry that has seen a lot of different workers is the restaurant industry. Countless people have walked the anti-fatigue mats of the kitchen at one point in their lives, whether as a summer job, a second job or their full-time source of income. There will always be a drive for new hires in the restaurant sector.

According to the Week, the restaurant industry has created nearly 200,000 jobs in 2017 alone, and some analysts believe it will eclipse the manufacturing sector in terms of jobs created in the coming years. The source suggests the only industry that has come close to nearly that amount of growth is the healthcare sector.

While there has been a lot of growth in the restaurant industry, Thrillist reports there is still a shortage of cooks country-wide, hurting restaurants. The news provider reports while this is troubling from a manager perspective, it could be beneficial to restaurant workers as management tries to entice talent to stay on by offering job growth opportunities and financial incentives to stay on board. There has been a growing trend of training and job growth opportunities in an effort to drive employee loyalty.

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Focus on posture while at work

Anti-fatigue mats can help reduce pressure to joints.

Anti-fatigue mats can help reduce pressure to joints.

Sitting at work for long hours in the day can have a negative impact on overall health. While getting anti-fatigue mats and placing them around standing desks is a great way to encourage taking the time to stretch out the legs during the day. However, it’s also important to be aware of your posture while in the sitting position.

According to Consumer Reports, having poor posture while at work can result in lingering pain, and if you fail to correct your posture over time, it could have long-lasting effects. The news provider suggests getting a standing desk and taking breaks throughout the day to ensure you’re straightening your posture. While it can be grating to be on your feet all day, taking the time to stretch out the joints is a great way to reset the body. According to the news provider, the optimum time split should be 20 minutes sitting to every 8 minutes standing to every 2 minutes moving around.

Mashable reports you can also make little adjustments while you’re sitting at your desk, such as making sure your ears are at your shoulders. This is a good indicator of whether you’re leaning too far forward or back. Also lifting your shoulders up and down can help loosen your muscles.

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