"Work is a big part of our lives. Our financial stability, and sometimes even sense of self, depend on it.
Unfortunately, the day-to-day tedium of paperwork, deadline stress, and office drama can take its toll on health and happiness.
"If you work eight hours a day, that equates to a third of your total life," said Pedram Shojai, a licensed acupuncturist and president of Vitality Health & Wellness in Irvine, Calif., which offers a corporate-wellness program to employers. "That's too much time to blunder away by being unhealthy, unhappy and unfit."
There are several aspects of a typical work environment that can be adjusted for an improved day and job life. Here is a compilation of expert advice in four areas related to work life: ergonomics, employee nutrition and fitness, work station organization and design, and relaxation amid stress.
Hopefully, these tips can help your work hours come a bit closer to what your free time is like.
GET ALIGNED AND HARMONIZED
Lower your keyboard. Raise your computer screen. Get a footrest.
Setting up an ergonomically-correct workstation can sometimes seem complicated and can require some trial-and-error. But in the end, it's worth it.
"[Ergonomics] really relates to the relationship between people and their environment," said Gena Kadar, a licensed chiropractor and corporate-wellness director for Orange County Heart Institute and Research Center in Orange, Calif. (ocheart.org). "You want to create a more harmonized environment, so there isn't any sort of conflict, physically. ... At the most basic level ... if you're not comfortable, and you're sitting at your desk eight hours a day, you're not going to be happy." (Continued via Seattle Times) [Ergonomics Resources]