Working Remotely? Keep Your Team in Their Best Health
When the team is not together each day in the office, it’s easy to forget about their medical concerns and the problems that can come from extended work in a sedentary setting, often looking into a computer monitor for long periods of time.
Here are a few considerations to make for the long-term health of the team:
Ergonomics: Poor ergonomics can lead to musculoskeletal disorders such as back pain, neck strain, and repetitive strain injuries. Ensure the workspace is properly set up with an ergonomic chair, adjustable desk, and adequate lighting. Encourage regular breaks, stretch, and maintain good posture.
Eye strain: Extended screen time can cause eye fatigue, dryness, and strain, known as computer vision syndrome. To mitigate this, use proper lighting, take regular eye breaks (looking away from the screen every 20 minutes), and adjust your monitor’s brightness and contrast settings.
Mental health: Remote work can impact mental health from isolation, lack of work-life boundaries, and increased stress. Encourage teammates to establish a routine, set clear boundaries between work and personal life, maintain regular communication with colleagues, and seek support from friends, family, or mental health professionals when needed.
Sedentary lifestyle: Working from home may result in a more sedentary lifestyle with reduced physical activity. Lack of movement can contribute to weight gain, cardiovascular problems, and other health issues. Make it a priority with the team to incorporate regular exercise or physical activity into daily routine.
Work-life balance: Remote work can blur the boundaries between work and personal life, leading to longer work hours and increased stress. The team can and should establish a designated workspace, set a schedule, and maintain a healthy work-life balance to avoid burnout.
Social isolation: Remote work can lead to feelings of social isolation and reduced social interaction. Combat this by staying connected with the whole team through virtual meetings, joining online communities or professional networks, and scheduling social activities outside of work hours.
What other concerns have surfaced while the team is working remotely? Could your team use the expertise of a physician who specializes in occupational medicine? Call, click, or select “Contact Us” for more information on how our team can help provide care, confidence, and help to any team, even those working remotely.
Who is Jet Medical Center®?
Jet Medical Center® is a leading provider of occupational medicine services in the Tallahassee area. We develop, with our client partners, a customized healthcare plan to fit your company’s needs today and into the future.
Our experienced staff of clinicians provides excellent medical care and understands the Worker’s Compensation system and its impact on your company’s financial health. Your employees will have less downtime with fewer complications reducing overall medical costs.