Thursday, July 17, 2008

Brain Strain: Effectively Addressing Headaches at the Workplace

Tips for avoiding headaches in the workplace ...

"Wellness has become part of big-business protocol, because numerous studies have shown that fitness, health, and mental well-being improve their employees work production and reduce sick days, ultimately saving the company a lot of money.

There are a number of physical issues that were prevalently known in the workforce and are addressed. Offices commonly set up the workstation ergonomically to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and back pain. However, the National Headache Foundation (NHF) recently released a survey on headaches at the workplace and 93 percent of the respondents reported that their employers did not make information on treatment or prevention of work-related headaches available. Ninety-nine percent of these respondents did experience headaches while on the job, yet 66 percent of the respondents stated that they did not report their headaches to there supervisors, because they did not feel that their supervisors would be sympathetic. They also not want to come across as “needy or whiny.”

It is important for workplaces to become aware of this problem, because headaches have lead to missed workdays (half of the respondents reported missing anywhere from one to three days per month), reduced productivity, and the ability to concentrate, as well as interfering with their mood and behavior.

The National Headache Foundation (NHF) has sent out a number of tips to address prevention of work-related headaches that respondents attributed to on the job stress, fluorescent lighting, computer glare, and eyestrain:

One. Get help. Discuss the connection between your headaches and work with your healthcare provider. He or she can help you determine your treatment options.

Two. Track your headaches. Using a headache diary, track your headaches for three months. Download a free headache diary at and bring your results to your healthcare professional to review and determine whether your headaches are associated with workplace triggers.

Three. Eliminate florescent lighting."    (Continued via Epoch Times, Tysan Lerner)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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Anonymous Keek said...

People, if it's work-related, file those workers' comp claims. It's illegal for an employer to stop you from doing so. There is an explosive new eBook written by an employment law attorney called Work Laws Exposed that gives step-by-step instructions this type of thing. This is information your boss and HR hopes you never find out. It's a battle plan/coat of armour for the workplace that no employee should be without.

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