Why you should care about office ergonomics

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Ergonomics in the workplace is a key part of your employee wellness, productivity, and performance. An uncomfortable employee cannot be expected to focus and engage with their work to the degree that they would like when their mind is on the pain or discomfort.

Furthermore, when a job requires you to build interpersonal connections and foster collaborations, feeling irritable or uncomfortable is no longer simply an inconvenience. It can directly influence the degree to which you are successful.

With that in mind, here our our top 3 reasons for undertaking ergonomic assessments for your people.

 

1. Reduced risk of Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD’s)
Ultimately the most common reason for a workplace undertaking ergonomic assessments for their people has to do with reducing the risk or prevalence of workplace musculoskeletal disorders.

An ergonomics improvement process identifies and removes risk factors that lead to musculoskeletal injuries and allows for improved performance and productivity. This process reduces highly repetitive tasks, reduces awkward postures, and reduces high force requirements — all primary risk factors that lead to MSDs.

2. Increased efficiency and productivity.
The literal definition of ‘ergonomics is “the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. By improving workplace ergonomics, you create an environment with greater comfort, less exertion, fewer motions and better heights and reaches.

Ultimately the workstation becomes more efficient and therefore more productive. In terms of improved health – your healthiest employees put in approximately 143 effective hours per month compared to 49 effective hours for the least healthy.

3. Increased employee engagement
Employees notice when their company is putting forth their best efforts to ensure their health and safety. If an employee does not experience fatigue and discomfort during their workday, it can reduce turnover, decrease absenteeism, improve morale and increase employee involvement.

 

All our assessments are performed by fully qualified allied health practitioners who are able to assess not just the ergonomics of an office and workstation but also the individuals who are using them.

We have a variety of ergonomic assessment solutions to fit your needs. More information about the specifics can be found here.

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