How to Protect Yourself in the Office

Working in a dangerous, unhealthy, or uncomfortable office environment can cause many different health issues ranging from physical to mental. This means that people are not working to their full capacity, and it means that more sick days are taken that normally would occur. 

If you want to protect yourself in the office from the negative issues that could surround you, here are some tips to help you. If in doubt, always speak to a manager about what can be done to make things better.

Learn How To Lift 

One of the problems within an office environment is having to or being expected to lift heavy items such as office equipment, large boxes of paper, or bottles of water, for example. If you don’t know how to lift properly, you could damage your neck, back, hips, or even legs. You may not even notice the damage at first, but over time you could find that you are in pain and lose mobility. 

By simply learning how to lift correctly, you can save this pain and the potential problems that might follow afterward. You can search online for the right technique, but there are also health and safety courses that will teach you, and it may be that your employer is happy to arrange this for you. 

Deal With Stress 

Workplace related stress is a major issue and is something that causes many missed days of work. Even if you do attend work when feeling stressed, your productivity will tend to be low, and you will be potentially making yourself feel even more worried simply by being there. If you do find that you have to take time off work through stress, it’s a good idea to speak to The Compensation Experts as you may have a claim.  

There are some ways to combat stress as long as it is not a deep-seated, chronic issue (in which case, a medical professional should be called upon to help). These include:

  • Meditation 
  • Relaxation 
  • Sports
  • Massage
  • Hobbies
  • Talking the problem through
  • Getting more sleep 

Try some or all of these methods to reduce your stress levels and you may well find that you are able to protect yourself much more. 

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Is The Air Healthy?

You may not realise it, but the air you are breathing in your office may not be as healthy as it could be. Of course, there will be a no smoking policy in your office, but where is the smoking area outside? Is it close to a window or vent? If so, it will need to be moved. Having open windows in the office where possible, or an air dehumidifier or purifier near to your desk will help you. Potted plants are another good way to keep the air clean and healthy in your office, as they purify the air – plus they make the office look much better and feel like a more comfortable space to be in, which helps regarding stress levels too. 

It is also important to get outside at least a few times a day to breathe fresh air. This will depend on where you work and what the weather is like, of course, but if you can, then you certainly should. 

Zara

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