Employees Who Move More at Work are Healthier and Happier

May 23, 2018

Whether you work at an office, remotely, or both, challenging employees to find ways to move as they work are an excellent idea. One way to stay active as you work is by using an exercise ball; as you type away at your desk, you can consistently challenge your balance and strengthen your core muscles. Also, employee breaks should be much more frequent and timed. In this article, Fit Pros explains why sitting is the most dangerous workplace habit, and how staying in motion is the best way HR can ensure employee safety and wellness.

 

Life is like a constantly flowing stream. We were made to move along with it. Yet the vast flow of consumer convenience has made us stagnant and immobile. This sedentary lifestyle is further normalized when workplace requirements prompt us to stay chained at our desks. According to the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics, among the average of civilian jobs, “workers needed to spend an average of 61.0 percent of the workday standing or walking and 39.0 percent of the workday sitting.” (1) We know that the type of job determines whether an employee will have to stand  or sit for the majority of the workday. Most of the 39.0 percent of employees who sit the most work in software and corporate. Any job that sits you in front of a computer screen expects an omnipresent work ethic. Ultimately, success in this field relies on how 'online' an employee can possibly be.

 

However, humans are not made to be as accessible as a computer; and those who attempt to keep up with a computer will end up compromising a healthy work/life balance, especially if it dangerously impacts your physical health. For instance, an employee who experiences 'work flow' often lose track of time. You may experience 'flow' in creative pursuits such as painting, or something mentally stimulating such as Sodoku. The excitable rush of motivation pushes you to keep going until you reach some ki