One of the most common questions customers ask is what does it mean for an office environment to be ergonomic and what are the primary benefits. As specialists in the business and office interiors industry, we understand how this can be a significant factor in many of the decisions you’ll be required to make when furnishing or redesigning your office space.
Most of us spend countless hours stationary which can result in a decrease in productivity and stress to the body. By creating an ergonomic workplace design, comfort is put at the fore-front which can dramatically increase the quality and amount of work being done while employees are working. Ergonomics has two many goals; health and productivity. Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability.
Benefits of an Ergonomic Workplace
- Improved productivity and efficiency
- Increased worker safety
- Reduced direct costs (including worker’s compensation insurance,medical costs and sick leave)
- Reduced indirect costs (including loss of experienced employees, time and cost of training new employees and loss of productivity)
- Reduced worker fatigue
- Improved employee morale
Having the proper equipment to do the job at hand can prevent fatigue, increase productivity and help you avoid on the job injuries, saving money and the mental and physical health of your employees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “There were 1.2 million non fatal injury cases requiring days away from work in private industry in 2007. Ergonomic injuries accounted for 29% of all workplace injuries requiring time away from work.”
Time loss injuries are costly to business and can be prevented by investing in ergonomic equipment for all workers.