If your company is riddled with unending health care costs and workers’ compensation, it is time to get to the bottom of the problem. In most cases, workplace ergonomics are to blame. Unfortunately, several companies are still oblivious to the benefits of ergonomics in improving the productivity and finances of the company, just like using the Millionaire Blueprint could help the company’s budget. Many leading companies have integrated ergonomics into their work ethics and the results are there for everyone to see.
What is ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the science wherein things and objects are designed and arranged to improve the efficiency of the employees while taking care of the safety issues too. Therefore to improve productivity in an organization good ergonomics should be prioritized.
Is it expensive to invest in ergonomics?
Ergonomics is not about trendy and fad work places with elaborate designs; it simply means to implement practices and equipment which will increase efficiency and minimize work related injuries or debilitating conditions.
Though the initial investment might appear expensive, but in the long run you will realize that you can save several thousand dollars otherwise spent on healthcare; furthermore the productive hours of your employees improves manifold.
Long term benefits far outweigh the immediate investment.
It is the responsibility of the management to take care of the welfare of its employees. It is advisable to address any health related issues arising because of poor ergonomics instantly. This will first and foremost build trust in your employees that you care about their welfare leading to loyalty; secondly, it will save you treatment bills that might turn out to be very expensive if delayed.
This begs the question – how will you know when help is needed?
How to protect your employees and make a saving too
Your workers may not come out in the open until it is too late and then not only will you be losing a trained individual, this person’s absence will affect your business too. Therefore conduct periodic assessment of your employees to understand their problems.
Hand out routine surveys to measure any discomfort and injury that your workforce maybe experiencing. Based on the results, you can either change the ergonomics of the office or address more specific issues faced by the employee.
Most often workers are not aware of the correct posture either while doing a desk job or any other manual work; this leads to injuries. Conduct training for your employees on how to rectify their postures and learn the right techniques to do their work. For example, they should know to adjust their workstation to fit their needs. They should also be taught basic stretches to prevent muscular issues from cropping.
Key to assess discomfort
Your survey should be able to narrow down the degree of discomfort that the employees feel by providing options like:
- Minimum discomfort
- Maximum discomfort
- Which part feels the maximum strain
- How many employees experience the same problem
- Any employee feedback.
With better ergonomics in place any company can save on time and money spent on sick leave, absenteeism and treatment costs. Simple changes to your work space and works station can reap you manifold benefits:
- Happier and healthier personnel
- More productivity
- Lesser health care bills.
Think about it! Ergonomics is a key factor in the development of your business.
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