The Importance of Ergonomics in the Workplace

January 31, 2019 James A. Newton 0

If improving your company’s productivity and product quality is an important goal, then it’s worthwhile to implement ergonomics in your business process. If this is something you’re unfamiliar with, then it should be at the top of your priority list. Leading companies incorporate ergonomics into most or all of their operations because of the many benefits it provides.

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the study of efficiency in work environments and other situations where people could benefit from greater efficiency and productivity. An ergonomics study determines how efficient a person is in their job or activity and determines what changes could be made to improve the person’s productivity or performance.

Benefits of ergonomics

Better quality

When a worker’s equipment is poorly designed, it often causes fatigue. This leads to workers who become tired and frustrated. When a job is more physically taxing, workers will not perform as well, and the product or service they provide will suffer. For example, a customer service representative will be less pleasant toward customers if they’re subjected to back pain from a chair that is not adjusted correctly.

Improve productivity

Making some minor adjustments to equipment or office layout can have a big impact on overall productivity. When workers are more comfortable and need to spend less exertion for each task, they can produce greater numbers of products or work for longer intervals without breaks or slowing down.

Reduce costs

When workers are forced to work in uncomfortable positions or with poorly-designed equipment that causes strain, they can develop musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which are medical conditions that cause chronic pain in muscles or joints. This is often a consequence in workplaces where ergonomics is ignored. As a result, many workers end up having to miss work or bill the company for medical costs related to injuries and conditions that cause pain. Pain on the job also reduces productivity and reduces profit.

Improve morale and company culture

If workers are not in pain or discomfort, they will have a more positive attitude about their place of employment. This leads to less absenteeism and better relations between management and staff.

Improve safety

It’s important for companies to have a strong commitment to safety. Your efforts to create a safer and more comfortable environment create a better culture for workers. The improvements in productivity and employee engagement also creates a better brand image in the eyes of customers and investors.

With all the costs involved in running a business, ergonomics is likely to be the last thing you might think about. However, the benefits far outweigh the costs. If you spend some time to discover how ergonomics can transform your business you won’t be disappointed.

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