Most of us have a primarily sedentary job that forces us to sit most of the day. A new study from Australia's VicHealth suggests that employers should proactively encourage workers to stand more at work. Doing so would save the Australian economy some $11 billion every year -- that's the cost of sitting-induced injuries like musculoskeletal disorders, which represent between 15 and 22 percent of sick leave there.
"This isn't just about standing up," warned David Dunstan, an associate professor at the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute. "It's about being encouraging to move around more frequently, and not having everyone just sit around all day. We need to have more activity in the workplace."
Read on for five ways managers can help employees stand more at work.
Salary and Career News Round Up: The ‘Happy’ Salary, Franchise-Buying Baby Boomers, and Happiness vs. Job Hunting Success
Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week.
Independent workers like freelancers and consultants have a new ally in The World's Longest Invoice. This campaign, which is being orchestrated by The Freelancers Union, hopes to draw Congress' attention to contingent workers' rights and especially their right to collect outstanding dues for services provided.
A recent study of 240 managers found that 51.2 percent are worried that employees will use video for nefarious purposes -- namely, to upload embarrassing content to the internet.
Nearly half of office workers think an afternoon nap would crank up their productivity at work, according to a new study commissioned by DealJungle.com. The money-saving website polled 1,000 people and discovered that 63 percent of respondents noticed a slump in their own productivity in the afternoon. While 46 percent said a nap would be the best solution, 37 percent would prefer to work through lunch if it meant they worked a shorter overall day.
Klout, a startup that assigns its users scores based on their social media influence, is increasingly gaining favor with recruiters as a tool to narrow down applicants. Unfortunately, this shift means that many well-qualified candidates are being passed over because they haven't paid attention to building a following on Twitter or Facebook.
Yesterday, Dharmesh Shah and Paul English, the founders and chief technology officers of HubSpot and Kayak, respectively, switched roles for a day in the name of innovation. Each man reported to work at the other's office, offering an outside perspective and, in the process, gain valuable insights for his own company.