No modern business would work quite as efficiently without computers. These helpful devices allow your company to maximize productivity with relatively little effort. Your employees simply have to click a button, and you earn hundreds or thousands of dollars as a result.
But because your employees use these devices for eight hours per day, five (or more) days per week, their health changes as a result. Computers, in a limited way, have a good influence on your employees’ health, but they have a detrimental effect for the most part. We will tell you more about circumventing these adverse effects below.
How Computers Boost Your Employees’ Health
These essential devices improve your employees’ wellbeing in the following ways.
1. They reduce your employees’ stress.
Before computers, employees had to do everything by hand, and tasks would take a lot longer. Research also required trips to a records room or library. Now employees can find necessary information in less than a minute thanks to computers and search engines. Computers also allow employees to complete tasks more quickly, so they don’t have to stress about deadlines nearly as much.
Stress leads to inflammation in the body. Inflammation constricts blood vessels, limiting the amount of nutrients that goes to each cell. As a result, your employees’ immune systems and digestive systems suffer, leading to increased illness and weight gain. But computers may circumvent this stress and lead to more relaxed, healthier employees.
2. They put your employees in a good mood.
Because employees can accomplish more tasks more quickly, they feel more accomplished. Accomplished, successful employees tend to stay healthier because they secrete more immunoglobin A, an important part of the immune system. Happy people also produce more endorphins, which fight stress and boost your employees’ health further.
How Computers Harm Your Employees’ Health
Even though computers improve your employees’ mood and contribute to your business’s efficiency, productivity, and profitability, they have detrimental effects as well. In fact, most healthcare professionals say that computers harm your employees more then they help them. Common computer-related health problems include the following.
1. Back and neck pain combined with poor posture
Most people don’t know how to correctly set up or sit in front of a computer. As a result, they end up slouched over, and their muscles start to wear unevenly. As muscles wear and weaken, they don’t interact with other muscles correctly, so they cause pain and strains. Your employees may complain of neck, back, shoulder, and arm pain, as well as headaches.
2. Weight gain
Your employees spend about 40 hours a week sitting in front of a computer. Even if they exercise daily, those hours of sitting will take their toll in the form of weight gain.
3. Carpal tunnel syndrome and other overuse injuries
Some muscles and tendons don’t like doing repetitive motions like typing or clicking, especially when your employees do those motions with incorrect posture. As these muscles and tendons become irritated, they swell and become stiff. Your employees may even develop conditions like carpal tunnel, which occurs when inflamed tendons collapse on the wrist nerve.
Your employees focus on the same brightly lit distance point for hours every day. However, the human eye prefers to look at objects that lie three yards away or more, so it becomes tired and even strained when it only focuses on a computer screen.
How to Overcome Detrimental Health Effects
Because your business wouldn’t survive without computers, you need to find ways to help your employees overcome the adverse health effects listed above. Try the tips below.
1. Dim your computer screens.
Instruct your employees to turn their screens’ brightness down by half. And if some of them can turn their brightness all the way down, urge them to do so. However, if they have to strain their eyes to see with their screens fully dimmed, they must turn the brightness back up.
2. Tell your employees to focus on something more than 10 feet away once an hour.
The eye needs exercise, so it needs to look at something far away. Tell your employees to look at something at least 10 feet away once every 60 minutes. If your employees have windows, they’ll have more to look at, so they’ll remember this tip without a problem.
3. Educate your employees on proper posture.
Proper computer posture involves sitting straight against the chair’s back, with your head up and both feet flat on the floor. The desk must allow your employees’ elbows to hang at their sides (at a 90° angle) while they type. Your employees must also adjust their computer screens so their work occurs at eye level. They should not look up or down.
4. Give employees standing desk options.
Standing burns more calories and keeps muscles stronger than sitting. If you can’t give your employees standing desks, give them exercise balls to sit on after long hours in a traditional chair. These balls force employees to engage core muscles and stay fitter.
Use these tips to keep your employees healthy while they use computers. With these tips, computers will only have helpful effects instead of harmful ones.