Work hard without Actually
breaking your back
By now, most of us know that sitting all day is killing us… slowly... like a zombie virus in a dystopic TV show.
Fortunately, many workplaces across the U.S. are incorporating workstations and policies that tailor our working tools to the needs of our bodies (known as ergonomics or human factors). It is now a company's job to care about employees' health and to provide regular support for staying safe at work.
But what happens when we entrepreneurs go into business for ourselves, armed only with our determination, a Macbook Pro, and the latest Seth Godin book?
As we "coffee-shop-hop," set up home offices, or rent a workspace - working those long hours to change the world - we don't always consider the needs of our bodies.
Sure, we all KNOW we shouldn't be sitting for so many hours.
Just like we KNOW we should go running every day and we KNOW we should stop eating so many cheese fries...
But look how THAT worked out.
We accidentally ignore ergonomics because there are not enough good resources out there to offer tools, give us the full scoop on workplace health, and consider our needs as professionals with a desk job but without a traditional desk.
When you are your own boss, there is no longer a kind HR lady who comes by to measure your workspace and make sure your elbows and knees are always at 90-degree angles. And there is definitely no company budget for that fabulously expensive standing desk.
Just like you are now in charge of your own professional development and career mapping, you are now also in charge of your own workspace setup and habits, which directly affect your health and ability to work. And - if your company grows, you’ll have to worry about this for your staff, as well!
Poor ergonomic setup and work habits can seriously damage your body, which needs to be healthy and optimally-functioning in order to achieve those incredible goals you have set for yourself. But the worst case scenario? If you get too sick to work, you may have the same health protections as traditional workers do, such as worker’s comp and disability insurance.
There is no question that ergonomics is important for everybody who works with technology. But this is especially relevant on a larger scale because, as the future of work develops, more of our workforce will shift from traditional corporate jobs into this “alternative” workforce - entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers, side hustlers, etc. The statistics on this are still developing, but one study from 2016 showed that at least 35% of the US workforce are freelancers, with the number expected to reach 50% by the end of the decade. That’s 55 million people collectively earning $1 Trillion.
If large percentages of this growing workforce start to struggle with their health, we could have an economic and public health issue on our hands.
So you can sit around and wait for the aches, pains, and ongoing illnesses to come find you (like a… well, sitting duck). Or you can take the same vigor that you put into your business and invest it into your health.
This blog will give you the tools and information you need to stay healthy so you can lead your own destiny. Plus, there will be friendly reminders to get up and stretch. Lots of those. Like, every hour. Because that's how often you are supposed to stretch.