Most people are familiar with what deposition court reporters do. As guardians of the record, they transcribe the words spoken during a deposition into a written form that can be used as litigation progresses. Unlike logging or roofing, court reporting does not immediately come to mind as a profession with inherent risks. Yet deposition court reporters, because of heavy equipment, irregular mealtimes, and sedentary work environments, can face real health problems. Being mindful is always the key to making changes, so here are some health tips for deposition court reporters.
Communicating with clients, scheduling depositions, and meeting deadlines have always been sources of stress in the law office. Ironically, rapid development in the very technology that was designed to make legal work easier has led to law practice technostress. The Oxford Dictionary defines technostress as “stress or psychosomatic illness caused by working with computer technology on a daily basis,” and neither lawyer nor paralegal is immune.