Employees trained on how to use chairs

by L&D18 May 2016
Mental Health Commission staff in WA have been offered training on how to use their new chairs.

The training came after 298 new chairs were bought at a cost $450 each, reports Perth Now.

Forty-one staff completed the training which was provided by consultants for free, according to a spokeswoman for WA Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell.

L&D Professional contacted Mitchell for comment, but did not receive a response in time for deadline.

This is not the first circumstance involving politicians and learning how to use chairs.

In 2014, it was reported in The Daily Telegraph that Members of Parliament and their staff in NSW were offered training on how to use new ergonomic chairs.

At the time, the NSW Legislative Council president Don Harwin said the training sessions were offered for free as part of the purchase.

“Sessions were offered following the rollout of new office chairs to demonstrate how to adjust them to suit individual ergonomic requirements,” Harwin said. 

Poor sitting posture has been linked to a wide range of problems, according to various studies.

This includes back, should and neck pain, tension headaches and even digestive issues.

Moreover, a study from Harvard University revealed that people who utilised a proper posture with open shoulders and straight spines had a 20% rise in testosterone levels and a 25% decrease in cortisol (the stress hormone).

L&D Professional also recently reported that employees who use sit-stand desks are more satisfied, energised and productive at work, according to a world-first study.

“Our study found that workers who increased their standing by up to 60-90 minutes a day were more active and felt more energised than workers who used traditional desks, while not compromising their work output,” said the lead researcher Dr Josephine Chau, from the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health.

However, she warned that your body needs to adjust to it gradually.

“Ideally, workers could aim for around two hours of standing or non-sitting time per working day,” she said.

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