Establishing or developing a workplace ergonomics process in your organization can significantly reduce health care costs and workers’ compensation. In fact, it is no surprise that leading companies are intensely integrating ergonomics into all of their operations after considering the advantages of an efficient ergonomics process. You can improve your ergonomics and improve your business in a variety of different ways.
We realize at first sight, ergonomics may appear to be just another piece of management lingo. It can be challenging to comprehend how something such as an upscale chair or split keyboard can affect company culture or the bottom line. You might wonder why your company should even bother.
Benefits of Workplace Ergonomics
The answer is simple: ergonomics directly influences efficiency. Doing anything for eight or more hours a day will affect your health. Poor posture leads to muscle tension, risk of injury, poor blood circulation and even decreased confidence. Employees in pain will focus on aches instead of their work. The greater the pain, the more productivity plunges. Also, overlooking ergonomics means paying for costly operations to correct years of harmful patterns. The bottom line is that a good ergonomic policy is fundamental to efficiency. Benefits of ergonomics in the workplace include:
- Reduction in costs. By regularly decreasing ergonomic hazards, you can eliminate expensive musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). With approximately $1 out of every $3 in workers’ compensation costs associated with MSDs, this represents a chance for notable savings. Also, indirect costs can add up to twenty times the direct cost of an injury.
- Improvement in productivity. By planning ergonomics to support for less exertion, good posture, fewer motions and better heights, the workstation becomes more efficient and will promote productivity.
- Enhanced quality. Poor ergonomic processes lead to fatigued and frustrated workers who cannot produce their best work. When a job is physically demanding on workers, they may not perform their jobs to their full potential.
- Generation of employee engagement. Employees notice when a company puts effort into ensuring their health and safety. When a worker does not experience discomfort and fatigue throughout their workday, it can decrease absenteeism, reduce turnover, increase employee involvement and improve morale.
- Creation of a better safety culture. Ergonomics displays your company’s core values of health and safety. The cumulative effects of all ergonomic benefits creates a stronger security culture for your organization. Your most valuable asset is healthy employees. Formulate and encourage a safe and healthy environment at your company with a solid ergonomics plan.
Ergonomics are good for your business and ideal for your staff. Additional tips to help increase a healthy workplace include moving your computer monitor to eye level, remembering to take frequent breaks and staying well hydrated to improve energy.
Restructuring your office with an ergonomics program need not be overwhelming. Simply begin by bringing in a trained expert who will evaluate workstations, offer recommendations and train workers. From there, it is essential to implement a support system, whether that means keeping management’s door open for feedback or building an ergonomic buddy system. Ergonomics may cost some additional money upfront, but it is an investment that is certain to pay off in the future.
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