WORKING FROM THE FLOOR
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While working from home everybody switched from desk, to the sofa, to the bed, the floor and back to the desk. After a whole year you know every cm of your home office. Or some studio’s or apartments just aren't the most spacious, and there is simply no room for a desk. In addition, sitting on a chair is Westernization. However, there are many cultural traditions of sitting on the floor, on mats, carpets, Chinese K’ang or cushions. But despite the comfort for most people of siting in a chair, is there a medical benefit from working from the floor?
Even working from the floor can have pros as well. As most people work from their desk or sofa they are often hunching or slouching forward. While hunching or slouching forward our blood pressure is increasing, due to decreasing of blood flow. Your knees are straight out when sitting on the floor, this means that there is a improved blood circulation which improves your concentration and productivity. Despite, working from the floor is increasing your flexibility and mobility.
Despite the benefits of working from the floor, there are some concerns. Working from the floor can increase lower back and hip pain. The spine is out of alignment due to a rotation of your hips. When sitting on the floor most people lean against the couch, which doesn't provide enough back support to sit up straight. The lotus position or sitting on your own without any backrest maintain the natural curve of the spine.
There is no perfect position that is perfect to be in for 8 hours a day. You need to keep moving around to keep your blood flowing so your muscles can relax. Extended periods of sitting, wherever you do, isn't good for your body. The best position to work from is a supportive chair with lumbar support, for longer periods, which you found comfortable. Basically listen to your body and remember to have more walks and stretching during your working day regardless where you are working from.
How can Fit for Work help?
To learn more about setting up or managing an ergonomics programme that supports staff working from home or in the office or support with staying legally compliant, you can reach out to Fit for Work. For more information on our Ergonomics Self-Assessment and Education Tool, contact us.