How to create a pain-friendly work environment.

Having chronic pain while being able to complete your work at your best can be a challenge. Here are some simple tips to help manage your pain in the workplace.

  • Tell your employer about your pain. If they know your situation, they can better understand your need for medical appointments, to pace your work or to change your work environment.
  • Modify your workstation, such as an ergonomic chair and keyboard placement. View WorkSafeBC’s How to Make Your Computer Workstation Fit You, a self-help guide on how to identify and solve problems with computer workstations.
  • If you sit or stand in one position for long periods of times, the pain will increase even if you have the perfect set up for your work station. It is important to change positions frequently or take frequent five-minute breaks to stretch.
  • Watch this video for laptop ergonomics for work and at home.
  • Reduce lifting and bending with heavy objects. Avoid twisting as you lift. Watch this video on lifting in the workplace.