Teleworking need not be a pain in the neck

BT Business has announced the launch of a practical guide 'Get fit for mobile working' that aims to help businesses tackle the problems encountered by some of the UK’s 14 million mobile workers

BT Business has worked with Margaret Hanson, one of the UK's leading ergonomists, to publish a handy reference guide. ‘Get fit for mobile working’ helps to identify common issues related to back, neck and arm problems.

Paul Litchfield, BT’s Chief Medical Officer said: “Mobile working can liberate people by giving them more flexibility over their time and more control over their jobs. Both are important in helping to make modern life less stressful. As with any technology, people can experience problems with mobile devices if they don’t take note of simple, practical steps before they begin to use their equipment.”

Recent years have seen an explosion in mobile working. Most of us think flexible working brings competitive advantages in business, while half of managers believe flexible workers have a better quality of life.

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Bill Murphy, managing director of BT Business said: “Mobile and flexible working has transformed both business and personal lives. By observing a few general principles, workers can ensure they see all the benefits of mobile working, without any downside. Businesses need to be aware of their legal responsibility for the health and safety of employees, wherever they are working.”

BT’s ten top tips from ‘Get fit for mobile working’ are:

1. Use the backrest of your chair. Don’t slouch forwards. Keep shoulders in line with your hips.

2. Hold your head so ears are above shoulders. Don’t stick your chin forward or bend or twist your neck.

3. Alternate between thumbs and fingers when typing on smartphones.

4. Don’t rest wrists or forearms on the edge of desks.

5. Position items so you don’t twist your back. Screens should be at a comfortable viewing height in front of you. Ensure your back is supported.

6. Exercise your hands, wrists and neck regularly.

7. Make sure there is nothing underneath your workstation that restricts your posture.

8. Take regular breaks away from the keyboard and screen.

9. Don’t hold the phone between ear and shoulder. You’re likely to get a sore neck.

10. Adjust settings on your software so that the image and text are large enough for you to see comfortably.

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