Workplace stress is usually a result of the pressure that comes with demanding work. Either the work does not match the employee’s knowledge, or the challenge is beyond their abilities. Employee negligence may come off as insubordination, however, it is possibly just a result of workplace stress. A company should enforce practices that release work stress for employees. The use of ergonomic innovation would be an effective approach to release stress.
Stress and fatigue go hand in hand with modern work setups. The increased exposure to computer screens and other digital devices takes a toll on physical well-being, resulting in headaches, backaches, eye strain, and more. Ergonomics is the study of employees in their work environment, trying to discover ways to make work more comfortable for them.
Here are a few ways to make that possible through ergonomic innovation.
Adjust Employee Workstation
An important step is to adjust the workstation according to the body, as well as what the work requires. This means the chair should be at the right height, the monitor screen should be at the perfect angle, the mouse and keyboard need to be at a desired length, and so forth. Along with this, the workstation should be in a location with enough space and light, as well as a good ventilation system. This prevents daily strain and weariness.
Make Sure to Get Up and Walk
Don’t forget to leave your chair and stretch your muscles throughout the day. This is a great way to release stress, relaxing your body and your mind. Not only that, but your eyes, hands, neck, and shoulders also get to breathe through stretching. Stretching is known as an effective form of stress release, improving the body’s blood flow and flexibility. Stretches can be done at the workstation, but for better results, it is advised to take a short walk.
Time and Work Management
Another approach to ergonomic intervention is managing work and time more effectively. An employee should set achievable aims by making a priority list for all pending tasks, and delegating work where possible. Solely taking on all pending work is unadvised. This may bring inefficiency in work and eventually lead to burnout. Work should be managed according to the energy levels and mental state for the day. Not only will this reduce work pressure, but also help in managing any form of frustration or mood swings that may come with excessive workload.
It is important to ask for feedback on performance from managers, colleagues, or someone trusting. It is a great way to release pent-up stress. With that, communicating with a trusted individual at work gives an employee a platform to brainstorm ideas or solve exciting problems. However, this will only be beneficial when the employee is clear and honest in their communication. Expectations and concerns should be respectfully communicated. At the same time, an employee should also be open to constructive criticism. Such an attitude will result in social and emotional happiness.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Life outside of work also plays a huge role in workplace stress. This deals with having a healthy diet, exercising, getting enough sleep, and spending quality time with friends and family. Not to forget, tobacco and other harmful substances should be avoided. For a positive mindset, it is best to engage in activities that are mood-boosting and leave one feeling fulfilled. These activities are great for improving mental and physical strength, and effectively countering stress.
Along with physical activities, it is equally important to practice exercises that relax the mind and body. There are various types such as yoga, meditation, massage, or relaxing music. This is a great way to unwind and relax the nerves. It is advised to practice relaxation either before work or after, depending on an individual’s convenience. Such kinds of relaxation are great for long-term health benefits as they lower blood pressure, and heart rate as well as release stress and fatigue.
Applying these ergonomic innovations to an employee’s work life would reap a lot of benefits for them, as well as for the company. Managing work stress will make an employee feel lighter and happier, ultimately resulting in improved performance at work.