I have an open cubicle and am always do little stretches here and there. Even directors have come by and never have I been told I'm being inappropriate (although I have been asked 'what the he$$ are you doing?'). You can do finger exercises, shoulder rolls, hold one leg up for 30 seconds then alter, and many are never noticed. I've done lunges even in the hall to the bathroom.
Yes, not all of them are appropriate for everyone but many of them should be adaptable for each person. I don't have an office but we do have a one-at-a-time restroom at work so I do a lot of stretches and jumping jacks in there. I always take a walk around the block on my 15-minute break and sometimes on lunch. Even if you can't leave your desk you should be at least able to stand up for a minute or two at your desk or stretch your neck while doing something else. Yes, presenting it to your boss in the best way is better. You can kindly remind them that a few minutes of stretching is much better than a worker's comp claim for your stiff neck or carpal tunnel syndrome. (Ok that was snarky but you can find a nicer way to say it!)
I don't understand why people are trashing this list, unless they just really aren't ready to consider doing something new. True, not everyone has an office door... so pick something else on the list. My office doesn't have stairs, big whoop... pick something else on the list.
I'm not the boss so I'll get in trouble. are you sure? no managers in my office would disapprove of pushups at the desk or even throwing a ball around as much as we disapprove of smoke breaks or gaming and facebook at the desk. (Don't think we don't know about that, lol.) But let's say your boss is a total jerk.... pick something else on the list.
The idea here is to provide variety... so are you sure there really is nothing here for you?
Some of these I can see. Many are iffy. But come on, trash can basketball? Only if you want the stress of getting screamed at by your boss. The only time this might be ok is if your boss is playing, too (and there's no boss above them to come in and catch you playing around on company time)
But hey, thanks for the funny article. Made me giggle. ;)
Lots of negative comments and lots of positive, too. Not every work place is the same thus the need for plenty of suggestions. They might not all work for most but if some do or variations of some, then this article IS beneficial.
By the way, as a commercial driver who sometimes has to drive 500 miles at a time, there are some great ideas here for drivers, too. I've got some long hauls coming up, so I'll be sure to give this a try! 5 minutes, every hour might be a life saver for any drivers or for the people around them! On the road, fatigue DOES KILL. Healthy diet and some mental and physical activity can do wonderful things for anybody! (oh, good idea, I'm going to take a kitchen timer with me to remind me!) :-D
6/22/2011 6:47:57 PM
When I was younger I worked in a Japanese owned electronic factory. Every hour they would have everyone stand up & they played music over the speakers, for five minutes or so, everyone would do stretches, jumping jacks, neck, shoulder & arm stretches. (as much as they were capable of). When I first started I thought it was really strange, but everyone enjoyed it. Less carpal tunnel & employees that were more relaxed. Might be a good idea for some businesses in the US to implement.
I sincerely apologize for being so negative, but the idea of "having an office" these days is laughable.A good portion of this list is completely irrelevant to the majority of office workers, since everyone but upper management is crammed into cube farms or open layout offices these days. Getting up and walking around every hour is the most reasonable idea on the list but...rearrange your office? Shadowbox? Pushups? These are not options on the typical office worker's plate.
6/21/2011 8:50:01 AM
Labor laws require employers to allow you a lunch and x amount of breaks (determined by how many hours you work). I'm sure you could argue that these are done on your "break time" which is lawfully your time. I just did the 15 minute office workout and felt a little silly, plus our walls are so thin that I think I knocked something off my neighbors wall while doing wall pushups (oops!!!). But I like the idea of desk pushups! I'm going to print this out and put one in all my coworkers boxes, who knows maybe I'll start something!
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