Excessive sitting is Proven to be a Health Risk – So How can Progressive Workplaces minimise the risks?

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Office work has, since its inception, been associated with sitting down to work. Using a computer, manning telephones and all the traditional tasks people do to conduct business – are usually done from a chair in front of a desk. But the latest research on workplace well-being suggests an inherent problem with this sedentary work life, in that the human body is designed to be in almost perpetual motion. This has major implications for OH&S. OH&S has traditionally focused on eliminating and mitigating the risk of injury in the workplace, for example, preventing accidents, safety procedures for using heavy machinery and so on, but with so much recent research highlighting the negative health impacts of prolonged sitting, and the huge number of white collar jobs that require workers to be seated for most of their working day, it’s important that progressive workplaces and those charged with looking after the best interests of workers consider ways to alleviate the health risks associated with excessive sitting.

Top 6 ways to reduce staff sick days

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Employees who have the flexibility to work from home are less likely to call in sick, and they will still meet their quotas even if they are away from the office. 3. Create a comfortable work environment Employees are more likely to call in sick if the work environment is a negative one. If your workers are under too much pressure, are overworked, or their efforts are not appreciated, they are likely to develop a negative attitude towards work, and they are much more likely to feign sickness in order to skip work. Ensure that your employees coexist harmoniously and that there is a strong sense of community in the office. Looking after the welfare of your employees mental and emotional wellbeing is good for business because happy employees are more productive. You should ensure that you effectively deal with all conflicts that may arise, in order to resolve them and to discourage future conflicts.

For most white-collar professionals, the health risks associated with sitting for prolonged periods of time is almost as dangerous as smoking



Wal-Mart Fact Checker

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countries. Wal-Mart says: Our workforce is unique in it size and diversity -- from full-time career profesionals to students working their way through college, from senior citizens seeking a break from retirement to people with disabilities. The truth about diversity: A 2003 federal investigation into the employment of illegal immigrant to clean Wal-Marts around the country resulted in 250 arrests at 60 stores spread across 21 states -and caused the federal government to inform Wal-Mart that they face an investigation into whether Wawl-Mart executives knew their cleaning contractors were using illegal employees. Given these fact it Thank you for being open to the facts about Wal-Mart. You can learn more at a Web site we are launching today -- www.walmartfacts.com Sincerely Lee Scott President and CEO Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Click to download a PDF version of the fact sheet. Sources: 1. Kenneth Stone, Iowa State University, Impact of Wal-Mart Stores and other Mass Merchandisers in Iowa, 1983-1993, Economic Development Review, Spring 1995; 2.

Why Looking After Employees Psychological Health is Good Business

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In the bad old days of archaic twentieth century management practices, it was always assumed that a power over style of management was the most effective way to get maintain employee concentration and focus. Stress and pressure on employees was assumed to be necessary to drive productivity, to make workers perform faster, better and longer. But in the 21st century a growing body of organizational psychological research and literature has turned this style of thinking on it’s head. This new way of thinking has developed with the evolution of the modern enterprise and looks at the costs of high pressure environments on a modern business, where sophisticated production processes and a more highly skilled and trained workplace means workers cannot be simply viewed as disposable labour. This modern research suggests that valuing, nurturing and developing employees through workplace education and training, and creating a happier workplace culture where people feel safe and able to contribute to innovation and improvement, creates a responsive, knowledgeable and experienced workforce, which can provide greater tangible benefits to a company, including increased productivity and innovation as well as reduced operational expenditure.