Health management is a major topic that now plays an increasingly important role in corporate life. Staff fitness courses, superfood in the cafeteria and ergonomic workplaces: companies looking to enhance their status as attractive employers are investing in the well-being and physical condition of their teams. And the office furniture is a decisive factor in preventing the spread of back pain or headaches. Does it really always suit the person using it to work? We met with health expert Mark Krichels from KKM Corporate Health, who advises companies on these issues.
Question: Why is workplace ergonomics such an important topic?
Answer: Most people in the western world spend over half their time sitting or lying down, which is not a salubrious state of affairs, as we all know. A significant number of employees sit in front of their computers the whole day at work – and this fact is unlikely to change in the near future. Most of us will continue to have desk jobs.
But we can certainly change the way in which we sit and work! That's why an ergonomic workplace needs to prevent strain that people experience due to monotonous, rigid movements and infrequent changes in position.