Ergonomics in the Workplace
Ergonomics is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment.
Ergonomics in the workplace can undoubtedly impact employee performance and overall wellness. If we make it a priority to curate a workspace to fit someone’s personal needs, they are then empowered to work not only comfortably but productively too.
If the work environment is inadequate problems include a multitude of health conditions including fatigue, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries, colds and flu, heatstroke, eye strain, and headaches.
Ergonomics statistics, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 31 percent of all worker injuries are sprains and strains. Where employees are needing to take 12 days on average to recover.
These problems cost employers with loss of productivity and, higher insurance premiums. But if an employee is really not comfortable it’s more likely, if they are a good employee, they will go find another job.
This is why workplace ergonomics should be a priority and part of your employee retention plan.
To stay safe using ergonomics you should not only provide tools, you must educate your workforce about the proper use of ergonomics in the workplace. It should be included in your onboarding process. Helping new employees get the tools and supplies they need to do their job correctly. Don’t have any onboarding strategy? A PEO can help you build and implement this process.
For office workers, these tools and education may include suggestions on proper chair height, desk posture, keyboard use, and eye strain. Companies can offer interchangeable desks that allow employees to switch back and forth from sitting and standing while working.
Workers in physically demanding roles may need to be trained on good lifting procedures and the proper way to wear supportive braces. Also for them to work as a team and ask for help with especially heavy objects.
People who are driving for the company (delivery truck or an outside salesperson) should have the tools to work comfortably from their vehicles.
All employees should be encouraged to drink plenty of water and take stretch breaks frequently and at appreciate times.
Now that most companies are have moved their employees home due to the COVID pandemic you are still responsible for the health and safety of those off-site employees because they are protected by worker’s compensation laws, still.
Ask questions about their work enviorments.
Do they have a desk and office chair? Do they know that sitting for three hours straight on a sofa, while hunched over a computer, is bad for their back?
Your employee’s work conditions are still your concern and should be a priority. PEOs can manage your company’s ergonomics and proper training so each employee is working as safely and comfortably as possible. Find out how!