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In her report “Occupational Health: Towards a Simplified System for Enhanced Prevention”, commissioned by the Prime Minister and published in August 2018, Charlotte Lecocq (LREM North Deputy) puts prevention at the heart of business performance. The conclusion of the report is to further improve this prevention on a daily basis within the professional community so that France becomes a leader in Quality of Work Life (QWL) and companies are all the more efficient.

Quality of work life is an issue that is of increasing concern to companies and their employees. This requires, in particular, the comfort of employees in the office. An employee who feels comfortable in his or her work environment is an employee who will be more effective.

Ergonomics at work

The purpose of workplace ergonomics is to optimize the professional environment of employees and more particularly their workstation because they spend most of their time there. This affects the employee’s well-being and therefore his productivity.

Indeed, 86% of Europeans believe that a comfortable and pleasant working environment has a direct impact on efficiency[1].

We can define the term ergonomics as follows: it is the adaptation of the working conditions and environment of each employee in order to participate in their professional development.

Despite a growing awareness on the part of companies, surveys have revealed that MSDs (Musculoskeletal Disorders) represent the leading cause of occupational diseases at 87%, or more than 42,500 cases in 2016 in France. [2]

MSDs include about fifteen occupational diseases (neck pain, low back pain, tendonitis, etc.). They affect muscles, tendons and joints alike and result from repetitive professional activity or inappropriate working postures.

[1] https://www.lalibre.be/economie/libre-entreprise/sante-favorisez-l-ergonomie-au-travail-5b2a2c0555326301e7a336cd

[2] Source : INRS 2016

This is why it is important to adopt good postures during work, regardless of the position held. We spend more and more time in front of a computer screen, whether at work or at home. Many people who do not sit properly in front of their screen experience pain over time (neck, shoulders, back…).

Be comfortable in front of your screen

  • The seat must be properly adjusted: height, seat and backrest
  • The top of the screen should be at eye level at most and at least at arm’s length.
  • The recommended eye-screen distance is about 63cm
  • The feet must always be supported and the arms in a seated position
  • Avoid direct or indirect glare to avoid eye fatigue
  • Adjust the brightness of the screen so as not to tire your eyes
  • Take regular visual breaks: every 20 minutes leave the eyes of the screen and look away for a while to relax the accommodation

The benefits of good layout

Having a well-designed and pleasant workplace reduces fatigue, discomfort and muscle tension that can lead to prolonged computer work.

Indeed, a study carried out by the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter reveals that employees who optimally design their workspace are not only happier and healthier but also up to 32% more productive.[3]

However, a good installation at your workstation and a good layout of your workstation are not enough to work well.

View and screens

Indeed, if the vision is not or badly corrected, it is difficult to concentrate and be effective. Poor adaptation of the lenses can also cause discomfort and lead to poor posture.

The daily and continuous use of digital tools has a direct impact on our vision. This is explained by: high concentration and fixing time, reading distance too often close together, small font size, brightness and reflections on screens, blue-violet light harmful to the eyes… Hence the importance of ensuring that the vision correction worn is well adapted and of having your vision regularly checked by a vision care professional.

Essilor Pro-Office™ lenses, available with or without corrective lenses, benefit from the latest technological innovations to ensure optimal comfort at all distances (near and far) and to protect against the blue-violet light emitted by the screens, which can cause vision problems and discomfort over time.

[3] http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_98638_en.html

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