Raquel Baetz

Digital health blogger

Raquel Baetz helps businesses keep their employees safe from the ill effects associated with prolonged digital device use. She is an independent computer workstation risk assessor, qualified via the British Safety Council. Raquel draws on her personal experience with chronic repetitive strain injury to inform the advice she gives. For info, visit www.safehandsdse.com
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Sit-Stand

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Sit-Stand Desk

My sit-stand desk makes dynamic movement easier to do too. Because I'm already standing, walking to a colleague's desk doesn't seem as big a chore as it did when I was sitting all the time. I suppose because I'm already on my legs, and don't have to do the work of getting up, I'm more likely to walk around.
07/08/2015 14:34 BST
Is Your Smartphone the Boss of

Is Your Smartphone the Boss of You?

Our digital devices pose such an irresistible temptation, many of us secretly wish the choice of whether or not to be on screen would be taken from us - at least occasionally. Consider the holiday destinations where you have to hand over your digital devices in order to check in.
19/06/2015 14:45 BST
Why I Don't Have a

Why I Don't Have a Smartphone

I heard that due to concerns about her privacy, Rihanna has abandoned her smartphone for an old-style flip phone. I too have concerns about privacy (though I suspect my reasons may not be the same as Rihanna's), but that's not why I've resisted getting a smartphone.
02/06/2015 12:00 BST
Hey Starbucks! I'll Have a Latte and a Laptop

Hey Starbucks! I'll Have a Latte and a Laptop Stand

Now that we can take our work anywhere - we do. But typically, we don't take our ergonomic accessories with us. It's understandable - who really wants to lug a laptop stand, detachable keyboard and mouse to Starbucks?
10/04/2015 12:26 BST
It's Not Your Chair, It's

It's Not Your Chair, It's You

So short of changing chairs a lot, and giving everyone Alexander Technique (though I do recommend both), what can businesses do with regards to chairs to protect their employees? What chairs should they buy?
23/03/2015 12:55 GMT
Ergonomics in the Evolving

Ergonomics in the Evolving Workspace

As someone who developed a debilitating repetitive strain injury while working (hunched over my laptop) in a collaborative workspace, I think it's time our approach to office ergonomics evolves right along with our offices.
05/03/2015 12:20 GMT
Smartphones and Tablets: A Real Pain in the

Smartphones and Tablets: A Real Pain in the Arm

Smartphones and tablets aren't totally responsible for computer-related static loading, but they certainly are making the problems worse. Now that it's so easy to constantly be on-screen - switching from desktop to laptop to tablet to smartphone and back again and again - our muscles are never getting any downtime.
16/02/2015 14:34 GMT
Repetitive Strain Injury: How I Beat

Repetitive Strain Injury: How I Beat It

I've met with an impressive list of doctors and other practitioners, from back surgeons to orthopaedic surgeons, from physiotherapists to acupuncturists, from nutritionists to a neurolinguistic programmer.
10/02/2015 16:32 GMT