American Fork, UT (PressExposure) February 26, 2012 -- A huge number of individuals working in an office setting will often find their selves standing or walking. Whether they are talking to officemates in the hallway, explaining a presentation in a meeting or delivering important papers to another room or department, any office worker will surely be required to stand up and walk hundreds of times a day. Some may say that this is just part of the job and it does nothing to affect their productivity. However, it has been proven that standing and walking for a prolonged amount of time can strain muscles in the legs and can heavily affect one's attitude toward work.
Standing is the act of holding the body upright in a vertical position supported by the legs and feet. Even though it may appear harmless, when it becomes cumulative, standing for hours may have a long-term negative effect on a person's legs. Our legs were not meant to hold up the body for that long, and yet, office work requires this, and sometimes even longer. Every year, millions of workers take leaves-of-absence because of leg pain. Even more experience lowered efficiency and morale due to the same cause.
No matter how you look at it, standing for a long time cannot be avoided because of a worker's responsibilities in the office, but there is no denying that it brings only negative effects. Fortunately, there are products out there that can effectively reduce the effects of prolonged standing. One of these miracle products that seem to miraculously counter lower limb strain is the anti-fatigue mat. Anti-fatigue mats are floor mats that were specifically designed to reduce stress on the legs and make standing less tiring. Because these mats ease the fatigue from standing, they can increase work productivity compared to normal, non-anti-fatigue mats.
Companies that aren't using anti-fatigue mats can easily be identified from those who do. Their staff usually seems haggard and weary by the end of the day. Unlike those who do use anti fatigue mats, workers from companies who use regular mats, or don't even use any kind of mats, has low morale and may experience slower progress in work. An anti-fatigue mat reduces the amount of energy exerted when standing and also lowers muscle tension. When workers do not feel pain from standing, they can increase work productivity and finish their tasks more easily.
When choosing for flooring for the office, it is best to use mats that do not hinder the workers' jobs and using the best mats for the betterment of the office.