Feel well at work
Welcome to JobOut
A new health concept designed for workplaces to improve the health and well-being of staff at work.
Help your staff take a hiatus from monotonous, sedentary working positions one or several times per work day in a fun and effective way.
An active workplace
JobOut wants to make it easy for you to keep your body moving during working hours.
Our exercises are broken down according to six common problem areas found in the workplace.
In jobs where you seldom change working position or take breaks, the shoulders often suffer – particularly in the case of monotonous movements or prolonged static loading which lead to inflammation and, as a consequence, making the shoulders "hurt". Maintaining good blood circulation in the shoulder region and varying working positions is therefore key.
Mouse arm can be described as pain or stiffness caused by working with a computer mouse. The symptoms of mouse arm are often quite vague and may vary from day to day. Mouse arm often occurs as a result of our unconsciously compensating for tender muscles by engaging other muscles to relieve them. By improving the strength and coordination of the forearm, hand and fingers you can forestall the problem.
Posture is frequently adversely affected by high static loading such as that which occurs during desk-based work and computer use. People who do heavy lifting and repetitive tasks at work are also affected by poor posture. With a stronger core and better posture, you can prevent and circumvent problems with your shoulders, neck, back and hips.
Research has revealed how sedentary we are and how hazardous this is for our bodies. Each hour we sit in front of a screen is shortening our lives. Sitting for prolonged periods of time makes us tired and unfocused. Something as simple as taking a moment to stretch our legs affects not only our muscles and brain but also insulin and blood sugar. Joints are meant to be moved and muscles are meant to work.
The most common reason for neck pain is related to tender or stiff muscles. It is the body's way of telling you that it is being exposed to strain. Stress is a common reason behind why we tense the neck area. Work that requires raising the elbows above the head also adversely strains the neck. You can prevent problems by increasing neck mobility and strength.
Suffering from back pain or having poor posture is common and is often a result of spasms or muscle tensions caused by one-sided work and incorrect working position combined with too little movement. Working in a standing position together with simple core and butt exercises strengthen small muscles which alleviate or prevent pain. Try to take short breaks each hour where you stand, walk a little and roll your shoulders.
The business concept and history of JobOut began at Burde Förlags AB. Several personnel members had aching in their shoulders and necks. Staff continually sought massage therapy in the hope of relieving muscle tensions and alleviating aching, but the masseuse barely made any headway as their muscles were so tense and stiff. Several had so much pain that they periodically were obliged to take sick leave, and their employer realised that a more long-term solution needed to be found. The question was, what could the company do itself?
After several internal discussions, a staff member came up with the proposal of purchasing resistance bands for their colleagues after having discussed the idea with occupational health services. In order for staff to understand which exercises would be appropriate for their specific problem areas and be assured the exercises were performed correctly, a personal trainer was consulted.
The staff were allowed to use the resistance bands in working hours during short breaks of 2 – 5 minutes. They performed simple exercises two to three times each day with the aim of preventing and counteracting muscle tension.
The results came swiftly! After a few weeks, we could draw the following conclusions. The majority of staff had experienced milder pain, and some no longer suffered from any muscle tension at all. They also had better posture, increased energy levels and could manage more during the work day. Even the masseuse could feel a considerable difference; the staff's muscles had become less tight and more relaxed, and they no longer felt pain when being massaged.
It was then that the idea of JobOut was born. Other companies have, of course, similar problems. So we engaged a team of experts to construct a simple exercise concept for the workplace. Following a year of intensive work and product development, we created JobOut. Exercises and tools that anyone can use. And to understand what to do and be reminded each day, we have packaged everything together in an app.