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Posture in the workplace is our focus this week. The way you sit and stand all day at your desk has a huge impact on the way you look and feel — even the way you work! Get the latest on how to improve productivity at the workplace, as well as some great resources for practicing good posture.
Study: Slouching at work can affect performance, mood — WTSV, 10 News
by Julia Savacool
If your idea of getting comfortable at work is to slide forward in your seat until your chest is desk-high, hunch your shoulders and hunker down for the day, you may be setting yourself up for a tougher grind than you realize. A new study in the journal Health Psychology found that people who favor a slumped over posture while performing high pressure tasks report having more negative thoughts and feeling more depressed than those who sit upright.
Bad posture could be affecting your performance at work — here’s how to correct it — Business Insider
by Ellen Hoffman
It can be challenging to remember to stand tall and sit strong when you’re hunched over a computer screen all day at work. But, it is important that you do so for a numbers of reasons. Great posture helps prevent back pain, lower stress, and increase energy and productivity. It also conveys a lot about you to the people around you. If you have a case of persistently slouched shoulders, for example, you’re not communicating confidence, presence, or openness to your coworkers. This, in turn, will hinder you in commanding their attention during team meetings.
Ten Things You Can Do At Work Today That Will Improve Your Life — Observer
by David B. Samadi
Most people spend their daily lives at work, with the majority sitting behind a desk 7-8 hours per day. We’ve seen many studies about sitting for long periods of time and its effect on our health or overeating junk food as snacks throughout the day. The truth is we are in control of our own lives, even at work. The stress and demands of a job keep you focused on your work but can aid in neglecting your health and physical well-being. This can lead to 40 hours of poor health habits each week…think about that.
The health benefits of good posture — Gulf Times
by Barton Goldsmith
With correct posture, you are relaying the message that you are a confident person. As a result, people around you have more confidence in you, which helps to build your self-esteem.
It’s actually an amazing process that is very real, and you have probably felt it before. But if this feeling is something you are not used to, you may find that simply improving your posture can give you a new outlook on life. You don’t have to be a buff body builder or even a dedicated gym rat to make this work for you.
50 Shades of Body Language — Association for Talent Development
by Barbara Roche
Nonverbal communication is an essential part of every skills repertoire. We can manage it well, and make a positive impression, or we can scramble the frequencies and leave our teams, colleagues, and managers with any number of confused or negative reactions. Body language experts Allan and Barbara Pease suggest that our nonverbals account for at least 60 percent of a speaker’s impact on a listener. Similarly, UCLA professor Albert Mehrabian found in his 1981 research that the visual aspects of a speaker’s delivery account for 55 percent of the message being conveyed.
Training makes good posture a habit, protects back — Arkansas Online
by Matt Parrot
Good posture is something that doesn’t necessarily come naturally. Developing a postural position that’s ergonomically safe and also socially appealing can seem like an overwhelming task. This week, I’ll touch on the benefits of good posture and present a few tips for developing your ideal postural position — ideal for the long haul. In addition, I’ll introduce an exercise that can have a dramatic impact on back health and postural appearance.
That’s all for this week! Make sure to rest up this weekend so you can kickoff next week with great posture!
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