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The Benefits of Ergonomics

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Your employees are the gears that make your business turn. Yet most companies fail to acknowledge the usefulness of making sure workplaces are ergonimic.

I have written before about the benefits of how you should be sitting in your chair while you’re working. I can’t say enough about how important posture is and how beneficial it can be to the mind, body, and spirit. Business.com added their thoughts in on why this is such an important idea to implement in offices everywhere. Below is a list of their reasons why you should be striving to have an ergonomic workplace and some of my thoughts as well!

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1. Ergonomic Workstations Greatly Reduce Injury-Related Absences

No one wants to lose time they could be working and making money due to a workplace injury. The fact is that the main reason injuries at work occur is due to out-dated equipment and repetitive daily tasks that strain your body.

In fact, more than 40 percent of workplace injuries come in the form of sprains and strains.

Not only are you down an employee for a while until they rest and recover, you’re also out money due to compensation for a workplace injury. Nip it in the bud before it gets that far!

2. Employees Who Are Given Ergonomic Workstations Feel Cared About and Are Thus More Engaged

I can personally vouch for this. One of my previous places of employment decided to get rid of their old, ratty chairs and purchased new, ergonimic chairs for every single employee. They even went as far as to show us how to sit in them.

When you give an employee ergonomic equipment to work with, you say to him or her, “How you feel matters to me; I want you to be happy and comfortable and I want to protect you from harm.”

I have never felt more valued by a company than I did on that day.

3. Workers Who Are More Comfortable Have More Energy and a Higher Working Capacity

Who wouldn’t have more energy if they felt more comfortable? Being in pain saps you of your energy. Not only will it make you feel physically exhausted, but it will impact you mentally and emotionally as well.

Physical pain negatively impacts mental energy, too; it’s hard to feel inspired, solve problems, or generate new ideas when constantly distracted by physical discomfort.

Brainstorming is never harder than when you feel exhausted. Not to mention the constant need for breaks cutting into work output. All of it is a recipe for getting absolutely nothing done.

4. Workers With Ergonomic Equipment Can Work More Quickly

Time is money, as we all know. So why not invest in the equipment your employees have to use in order to be productive? Ergonomic keyboards can help you not only type faster but also avoid fatigue in your wrists.

Ergonomic equipment often makes an employee’s work easier to do as it cuts down on repetitive motions and optimizes posture.

You know what else it can help you to avoid? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. If you’re on your computer the majority of your day, it’s a genuine issue you may have to face. Switching out your keyboard and even changing the position of your mouse and mouse pad can help.

5. Employees Using Ergonomic Equipment Make Fewer Errors

What’s one of the most distracting things you can think of? Being in pain is probably at the top of that list. When you’re in pain, you’re bound to make more errors.

According to HR.BLR’s article, How Business Benefits From Ergonomics, “At one business, a $400 mechanical device eliminated a $6,000 annual loss in scrap caused by employees who had been unable to consistently perform a demanding physical task. The Return on Investment was 1,500 percent.”

You can actually benefit from investing in ergonomics!

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Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea transplanted from Illinois to South Carolina. She loves to write, read, and spend time with her dog and her family. Alyssa is very active on social media. She has been part of the AccelaWork team since 2013.
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