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Work Well

The University of Worcester is continuously exploring ways to help its employees improve and sustain good health and wellbeing whilst they are at work.

Just because you sit at a desk for the majority of the day it does not mean you can’t still be healthy.

Office Ergonomics Workstation ergonomics is an important aspect for ensuring health and wellbeing at work. poorly designed workstations can cause both short and long term musculoskeletal problems. The term “Workstation” applies to the equipment that you use at work and the surrounding environment that you work in. The following are a number of tips to ensure that you have your workstation set up in the most ergonomic way:

  • The top of your computer monitor should be positioned at eye height
  • Your seat should be fully adjustable in height and the back should tilt to enable back support
  • Your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle, with your forearms resting on either the arm rests or desk
  • Your keyboard should be positioned central to your display screen and if you utilise multiple screens, the keyboard should be positioned central to the junction where the monitors join
  • Important information and documents should be easily accessible, preferably at eye height
  • Computer screens should be adjustable in height and free from glare
  • You should have enough space to change positions and move during long periods of sitting
  • The office environment should provide appropriate lighting and a comfortable working temperature

If you would like further information and advice on workstation ergonomics please visit the Personnel pages of the website.

If you are concerned about your workstation please contact c.fry@worc.ac.uk to arrange a workstation assessment.

Daily Routine

Here are a few easy ideas to help you improve their health and wellbeing whilst at work:

  • Change the way in which you travel to work and between campuses- Walking or cycling (or even running) between campuses adds some extra exercise during the day as well as getting you out in the fresh air.
  • Lunch ‘away from the desk’ - It is important for your wellbeing to have time away from your desk during a long day in the office, why not try having your Lunch ‘away from the desk’ whereby you meet with a colleague for half an hour to eat your lunch. Or as the weather gets better, sit outside and eat.
  • Walk a mile - Why not try walking the university mile on your lunch break and encourage your colleagues to be more active with you. You can complete the mile within 20-30 minutes.
  • Shared an office ‘Fruit Bowl’ - A great way to get your 5 a day and encourage others to have theirs too. You could fill it up with a wide variety of fruits and maybe branch out to the more exotic kinds.

The university also offers other forms of support for employees to help ensure that they sustain good health and wellbeing, such as; mentoring, counselling and flexible working arrangements. Information on these and more can be found on the Personnel pages of the website