Standing for an extended period of time in line, during a subway or bus ride or for any length of time would be a sign that you are not enjoying standing. After a while your soles and calves become sore and it becomes difficult to stand. This is when you need to shift your weight, shifting from one foot to the next to find some relief.
There are still employees working in your store, shop, or workshop who must endure this discomfort. We are aware that some employees may find standing uncomfortable and this is an occupational hazard. But we will also show you ways you can make your workplace more comfortable.
Employees are more likely to be distracted if they feel uncomfortable. It is normal and expected. Not only will it help them feel better, but it will also increase their productivity which is a positive for your business.
How does prolonged sitting affect your body?
Working for long periods without breaks and moving around cause’s blood pooling in the legs and feet. This can lead to muscle strain. Varicose veins, sore feet, stiff necks, stiff shoulders, lower back and pain can all result from prolonged standing. The spine, hips/knees, knees, and feet can become locked temporarily by prolonged and excessive standing. This seemingly harmless temporary immobility could eventually lead to rheumatic conditions that are caused progressive damage to the tendons, ligaments.
Who will be most at-risk or most affected?
Salespeople, customer service executives at retail outlets and machine operators are just a few of the people who work in this field.
How can you help an employer?
As an employer, it is your responsibility to provide the best work conditions for your workers. It is the company’s responsibility to check the workplace on a regular basis to spot hazards and flag violations. Here are some good practices for any business that requires employees to be present for the greater part of the working day.
- Find the right footwear. Educate employees about appropriate footwear and encourage them in wearing it. Shoes should have proper arch support and cushioning. They should also be comfortable.
- Make adjustments to your work position. This will give employees the choice of where to sit when they feel tired.
- Choose the right floor. It will be more comfortable for your employees to walk on. Hard floors, like concrete floors, can be uncomfortable to walk on. It is worth investing in flooring and mats to cushion feet and reduce foot fatigue.
How do anti-fatigue rugs work?
Anti fatigue mats reduce the discomfort and pain caused by prolonged hours of standing on hard, uneven floors. As we mentioned, custom logo rugs and flooring can be used to cushion employees’ feet, as well as prevent fatigue, pain, discomfort, and other issues. Carpet, corks, wood and carpet flooring are soft on the feet. Anti-fatigue mats are a more affordable but effective option. Anti-fatigue mats can be used at the exact spot where employees will be standing. They can be easily transported. They are easier and more convenient to clean. They have the added benefit of reducing foot, leg and lower back fatigue, discomfort and pain caused by prolonged standing on hard surfaces.