What is Ergonomics?
In order to reduce the cost of employee healthcare and increase productivity, as an employer you must ensure that you are providing your employees with the proper ergonomic materials and training. Ergonomics is defined as the design of a person’s work space, and is centered around making certain that each individual’s space is designed in the best possible way to fit them and their body.
According to recent studies, approximately 95% of a given employee’s workday is spent “sitting at a computer”. That alone demands the need for their workstation to be set up for optimal posture and working conditions for each individual person in order to avoid discomfort and the possibility of additional injuries and conditions.
The benefits of sound ergonomics
There are several benefits to ensuring that your employee’s workstations are safe ergonomically.
The first is that doing so is almost guaranteed to improve productivity as well as work quality. Employees that are forced to work in an environment that is not ergonomically sound can lead to fatigue and frustration, and thus is bound to affect the work that they are producing as well as the rate of how quickly they yield it.
The next benefit to note when it comes to improved ergonomics is that it increases the safety of your workplace. Making an effort to customize each person’s workstation to ensure that they are practicing good posture, protecting their vision, avoid far reaches, and so on shows that your company cares about those you employ and wishes for everyone to have the maximum level of safety at all times.
This will not only improve employee engagement and happiness but will further promote employee loyalty and retention.
The last and most notable benefit of improved ergonomics for your employees revolves around saving your company money. A lack of stable and correct ergonomic conditions can lead to Musculoskeletal Disorders
– otherwise known as MSDs.
These include ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, rotator cuff issues, muscle strains, and back injuries. Ergonomic conditions that have not been properly customized and adjusted to fit the needs of your employees can lead to all of these indispositions and more.
The cost of poor ergonomic conditions in your workplace
Employees ending up with these ailments can come at a large cost for your company. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reported that in 2013, MSDs accounted for approximately 33% of all worker injury and illness cases.
Furthermore, OSHA reports that work related MSDs are among the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time, which could cause a lack of productivity in your workplace as well as the need for further leaves of disabilities for your workers.
For example, while carpal tunnel accounts for around 15% of reported work injuries, 42% of carpal tunnel cases result in more than 30 days away from work. The bulk of these cases can be easily prevented, saving your business from the temporary loss of employees as well as higher healthcare costs.
How your PEO can help
Now that you have learned about the extreme benefits for your company of improved employee ergonomics, you’re probably wondering how you can facilitate this in your office. Your PEO has the tools, resources, and experience to assist you in making these changes. Let us partner you with the best PEO to fit the needs of your employees and to save your company money.