Whether your company is heavily involved in manufacturing or bringing in new clients, it can greatly benefit from an investment in ergonomically improved workplace additions. As a business leader, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your employees have the resources they need to be healthy, happy, and productive workers. If you invest in their wellbeing, they will be less inclined to leave after short stints at your company and more inclined to continue to work where they are happy and nurtured, improving efficiency and eliminating costly turnover.
Ergonomics is all about creating workplaces for your employees in which they don’t have to place themselves in awkward positions for any unnecessary periods of time. If your workplace happens to be a factory or warehouse, your employees may engage in greater physical labor and the workplace can be designed in such a way to avoid injury. For those in more stationary desk positions, the concern for worker injury centers on repetitive motion and posture often associated with computer terminals. Desks and chairs should be designed to support backs and to make the effects of repetitive motions, like typing, less damaging in the long term.
Heather Rome worked for Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) managing offices worldwide and supports ergonomic workplaces.