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5 Ways to Prevent Injuries and Discomfort at Your Workplace

5 Ways to Prevent Injuries and Discomfort at Your Workplace

Workplace injuries are common. People often think that workplace injuries can only happen if you do some heavy lifting at work, but that is not necessarily true. You can suffer from workplace injuries even if you do not have a physically demanding job.

Working all day sitting at a desk can also become the cause of injuries. You may think that working with a keyboard and mouse is harmless, but it can cause chronic injuries as well.

Here are some of precautions that can help avoid serious injuries at the workplace.

1. Try to avoid excessive repetition

If your work requires any physical activity, then it is important that you do not repeat the tasks too much. There are several tasks that are repetitive in nature, but your job may require you to complete certain number of repetitions per day or per hour

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The combination of repetition of tasks and risk factors like difficult postures or high force can cause some serious injuries. If the cycle time of a task is 30 seconds or less, then it is considered excessive repetition.

You can avoid injuries by timing the tasks carefully. If the cycle of the task is too small, then you need to incorporate breaks between the tasks or take shifts.

If your work requires interaction with electricity, you may further be exposed to more risks of injuries. If you are an employee, ask your employer to either provide you multimeters or check the voltage and electricity leakages on regular basis. If you have multimeters in your office, you can easily avoid electrocution risk by regularly checking for any electric short-circuit.

2. Being careful of awkward postures

If you want to avoid workplace injuries, then it is important that you become highly careful about the posture that you work in. If you want to work efficiently, then it is important to be comfortable.

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Whether you are doing something that is physically demanding or a desk job, make sure that the body is comfortable. You should not overwork the muscles or joints because it can lead to chronic injuries. It is important to give your muscles time to recover.

While working a desk job you need to be careful if you wish to stay healthy and avoid any chronic diseases. You need to make sure that the furniture is comfortable. You have to make sure that your sitting posture does not strain any muscles.

You should not need to change the posture while reaching the keyboard. The table should be of the perfect height so that you do not have to strain your neck to see the computer screen.

3. Avoid inactivity

Do not forget to stay active while in office. Inactivity is the leading cause of back pain. If you do not pay attention to it from the beginning, it can become a chronic disease.

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First, you have to make sure that you focus on developing the right sitting posture. Even if you make a habit of sitting right, being inactive can still cause back injury.

You should also focus on choosing the right chair because you are more likely to suffer from back pain if there is inadequate support for the back. You should follow an office chair guide to choose the most comfortable chairs.

4. Importance of breaks

Working for long hours without any rest is a terrible idea. Taking even a five-minute break after an hour of working can help in relaxing the muscles. You should do some stretch after at least an hour.

Get up to get a glass of water or just stretch your legs by walking around. It will help in the prevention of injury and it will also keep you active. You should take mini breaks to rest your hands and eyes as well.

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5. Encouraging employees to get rid of poor work practices

You can prevent a lot of injuries by spreading awareness. There are many people who have work practices that are not good for the health. You should spread awareness about the dangers of such practices so that you can decrease the risk factor.

You should train your body to sit straight and do not hunch over. Poor practices will help in relieving your body of unnecessary stress and fatigue.

If you are an employer, you can also display banners in your office space to keep employees motivated for taking short breaks and do some exercises.

It is also great to have a pre-funded health spending account for your employees so that in the case of any health-related injury, their overall health expenses are shared.

If you focus on these simple tips then you can successfully avoid any serious injury because of your workplace.

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Last Updated on March 12, 2019

20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

There is normally a lengthy list of things you need to consider when starting a business, and if you don’t manage them properly, your excitement can quickly turn into overwhelm. What can support you to stay inspired and on the right track when starting out? You guessed it: this is your vision statement.

What Is a Vision Statement?

A vision statement is like a photograph of your future business, which gives your business shape and direction.

A vision statement provides the direction and describes what the founder wants the organization to achieve in the future; it’s more about the “what” of a business. It is different from a mission statement, which describes the purpose of an organization and more about the “how” of a business.

If you were to take a photo of your future business now, what would it look like? What do you want your business to be recognized for one day?

You need to have a crystal clear vision when you start out, otherwise you can get easily lost in deciding the best way forward. When you are making strategic decisions for your business and even daily operation decisions, your vision statement will give you the inspiration and targeted direction you need.

The Importance of a Vision Statement

Without a vision statement, your business will lack motivation to keep going.

If you don’t aim for anything, you might not hit anything. The more specific and clear you are, the better your chances are at seeing your vision turn into reality.

The importance of a vision statement cannot be overlooked; not only does it provide long term direction and guidance, but it also gives you the inspiration and the necessary energy to keep going when you feel lost.

Always keep your vision statement alive by revisiting it regularly and communicating your vision with other members of the team, to inspire and motivate them as well.

How to Craft an Inspiring Vision Statement

1. Dream big and use clear language

An inspiring vision statement should inform a clear direction and priorities for the organization, while challenging all the team members to grow together. Based on our expert sources’ advice, we’ve got some great tips for you:

  • Imagine how you want the business to be like in five to ten years.
  • Infuse the business’ values in the statement.
  • Make sure that the statement is implying a clear focus for the business.
  • Write your vision statement in the present tense.
  • Use clear and concise language.
  • Ensure the statement is easily understood.

There are many different types of vision statements and there is no wrong or right way to do it. The most important thing is to resonate with it. It will always inspire you and give you a clear targeted direction.

2. Get inspirations from the successful companies.

Having researched on a number of successful companies’ vision statements, I’ve shortlisted 20 good examples for the new startups:

Short vision statements made up of a few words only:

1. Disney

To make people happy.

2. Oxfam

A just world without poverty.

3. Ikea

To create a better every day life for the many people.

Quantitative statements are based on numbers, quantities:

4. Microsoft

Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

    5. Nike

    Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. (*If you have a body, you are an athlete.)

      Qualitative statements are based on qualities that you want to have:

      6. Ford

      People working together as a lean, global enterprise to make people’s lives better through automotive and mobility leadership.

      7. Avon

      To be the company that best understands and satisfies the product, service and self-fulfillment needs of women—globally.

      Competitor based statements – this type is becoming less common, but famous examples are:

      8. Honda – in 1970

      We will destroy Yamaha.

      9. Nike – in 1960s

      Crush Adidas.

        10. Philip Morris – in 1950s

        Knock off RJR as the number one tobacco  company in the world.

        Role Model Vision Statements – using another company as an example:

        11. Stanford University – in the past

        To become the Harvard of the West.

        12. Reach for Success – in the past

        To become the next Tony Robbins in self development.

        Internal Transformations vision statements:

        13. Apple

        To produce high-quality, low cost, easy to use products that incorporate high technology for the individual.

        14. Giro Sport Design

        To make sure that riding is the best part of a great life.

        15. Tesla

        To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

        16. Sony

        To be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.

        17. Facebook

        To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

          Longer and more detailed vision statement:

          18. Walmart

          To give customers a wide assortment of their favorite products, Every Day Low Prices, guaranteed satisfaction, friendly service, convenient hours (24 hours, 7 days a week) and a great online shopping experience.

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          19. Coca Cola

          To achieve sustainable growth, we have established a vision with clear goals:

          Profit: Maximizing return to share owners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.

          People: Being a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.

          Portfolio: Bringing to the world a portfolio of beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy peoples; desires and needs.

          Partners: Nurturing a winning network of partners and building mutual loyalty.

          Planet: Being a responsible global citizen that makes a difference.

            20. Heinz

            Our VISION, quite simply, is to be: “The World’s Premier Food Company, Offering Nutritious, Superior Tasting Foods To People Everywhere.” Being the premier food company does not mean being the biggest but it does mean being the best in terms of consumer value, customer service, employee talent, and consistent and predictable growth.

            The Bottom Line

            Remember, always keep your vision statement up-to-date to direct your company’s actions.

            Remember, once you reach your vision, it needs to be changed. General Motors overtook Ford as #1 automotive company in the world because once Ford’s goal was reached, they never updated it.

            Keep your vision statement alive and visibly in front of you, revisit it and let it help direct your actions and activities. This is the fun part: this is where you get to dream really big and allow your imagination to fly as high as you want.

            Don’t hold back, let your creative juices flow and give yourself permission to explore what is possible for your business.

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            To your success!

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