How Your Posture Affects Work Performance and Well-Being


“Rona, how can you work like that?” Marsha asks, peering into my office.

“What do you mean?” I just tidied my office last week so it can’t be the usual clutter she is referring to.

“Sitting at the edge of your chair like that, all hunched over to read the screen.”

I sit back and straighten up. She’s right. The neck cramps were just starting to kick in. “Ah, bad habit,” I reply.

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She smiles at me sympathetically. “May I come in?”

“Sure, of course.” I wave her in. It’s not like I was having a productive morning anyway.

“I’ve been doing some research on office ergonomics,” Marsha begins. “I learned body posture has a significant impact on quality of work.”

Makes sense. I nod, encouraging her to continue. Marsha always comes up with these great ideas for improving our workplace. I wonder what she has up her sleeve this time.

“The most important solution is to take short breaks every 30 minutes,” she continues.

“Did Andy put you up to this?” I joke. It sounds like a classic Andy move – finding any excuse to get out of a full day of work.

“I know it sounds a bit crazy, but getting away from your desk periodically can actually improve productivity,” Marsha explains. “And that’s not all. There are also a number of products that are designed to improve your health when sitting at a desk all day.”

She sets this month’s Office Plus flyer on my desk and turns to page 2.
“See these Footrests?” She asks. “There’s also the Fellowes Mesh Backrest and Adjustable Keyboard Tray,” she says, pointing to each product.

I nod, feeling the pressure in my back begin to subside just thinking about it.

“This is what you need,” Marsha says, pointing to the Corner Monitor Riser. “It elevates your monitor to eye level. So no more hunching.”

“Marsha, this is fantastic. Let’s make an order and get all employees on the same page here.”

A wide grin spreads across Marsha’s cheeks. “I’m on it!” She says, hurrying out the door in excitement.

I look back at my computer screen, adjusting my chair to the proper height and pulling my shoulders back in efforts to fix my posture. It’s hard to do without the proper furniture and supplies.

Alright, 30 minutes until my next break, I smile to myself. Better make them productive.

Going Green During Your Office Spring Clean


I sit on the floor of my corner office rifling frantically through the last file folder in front of me. To my right, sheets of paper are scattered everywhere. To my left, empty desk drawers hang open, their remnants now dumped all over the floor. “Aha!” I say, snatching up the client document that I just spent the last 20 minutes searching for.

This Monday morning is off to a great start. I let out a deep sigh and take a look around. My office is a complete disaster – clearly due for some spring-cleaning. I pick up the itchy, red and white scarf and matching mittens I received as a Secret Santa gift at the holiday office party four months ago, and toss them in the garbage. What better time than now?

Suddenly, there’s a knock at my door. I look up from the tsunami of office supplies to see Andy poking his head in the doorway. “What’s going on in here, boss?” He asks with a quizzical look on his face.

“Just reorganizing,” I reply, as I hurriedly begin stacking the sheets of paper into neat piles.

Andy steps carefully around the miscellaneous office products strewn across the floor.

Where am I going to put all of this stuff? I wonder to myself.

“Well, isn’t this just perfect timing then?” Andy interrupts my train of thought as he flashes a colourful piece of paper in front of my face.

“You could probably use some of these Recycled Storage Boxes from the April Office Plus flyer,” he says. “They’re made with 100% post-consumer content.”

I reluctantly look to where he is pointing. I really don’t need the distraction right now.

“Did I hear you say Recycled Storage Boxes?” A voice calls out from the hallway. The new intern, Marsha, rushes in through my doorway, nearly tripping over an empty coffee cup. She looks curiously over Andy’s shoulder.

“Wait, is that an O-Ring Recycled Binder I see?” She asks, eyeing the flyer.

Andy nods enthusiastically. “There are all kinds of eco-smart office supplies in here,” he says.

“This is perfect for our new Green Initiative,” Marsha looks up at me with excitement. She has been brainstorming ways to reduce our carbon footprint since the day she started the job – only three weeks ago. “Look at these Eco-Friendly White Filing Labels, boxes of Flexgrip Ultra Recycled Retractable Pens and – what’s that? Recycled Paper Clips!”

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I can’t help but smile. Their efforts really are inspiring. And with Earth Day just around the corner, we should all be focused on doing our part. I’ve just been so unorganized lately that I completely forgot about the initiative.

“Great ideas,” I tell them, picking up an empty paper clip box and casually tossing it in the garbage. “Let’s place an order.”

Marsha rushes over to the garbage can and pulls out the box. “We can recycle this,” she mumbles softly.

Andy’s eyes follow her. “Wait a minute – is that the scarf I got you for the office’s Secret Santa?” He asks, pointing at the itchy pile of red and white yarn.

My cheeks turn a rosy pink. “Oops, how did those get in there?” I quickly pull out the scarf and mittens and set them on my desk. “I guess I better get back to work!” I say, shuffling the two of them towards the door.

Here we go again, Monday.