Far from being just a cost for businesses, investing in office ergonomics is an untapped opportunity for growth. Improved ergonomics can help unlock immense workforce potential and drive new business success. Here are some of the ways office ergonomics investments can improve organizational performance:
Improve workforce productivity
By improving the overall ergonomics of workstation design workers can simply get more done in a given day. Research shows that good ergonomics allows workers to stay comfortable alert and productive in their work for longer.
Reduce injury costs
A large proportion of the workers compensation costs, within a typical organization, are related to MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders). Elimination of ergonomic risk factors in the workplace reduces the occurrence of those costly MSDs. There are also indirect costs of worker injury that ergonomics can also help mitigate such as project disruption, skills and knowledge loss. These downstream costs can be many times the direct cost of treating an injury. Investments in office ergonomics can deliver significant reductions in those musculoskeletal disorders and all the lost workdays, worker’s compensation costs and average costs per claim.
Improve work quality
Quite simply, poor ergonomics leads to stressed, fatigued workers who cannot do their very best work. With improved ergonomics businesses can deliver significant reductions in work errors because workers minds are on the job not on their discomfort.
Improve employee engagement
Employees really appreciate knowing that their employer prioritizes their health and safety. Visible investments in employees’ workstation ergonomics can help reduce staff turnover, decrease absenteeism, improve morale and increase employee involvement in the business.
Create a stronger health and safety culture
Visible investments in workplace ergonomics demonstrate your company’s commitment to health and safety as a core value. This helps define the culture of your company more generally. Fostering the safety and health culture, within your company, will help generate higher levels of human well-being and performance throughout your organization.
But you cant manage what you don’t measure
It’s very had to argue against the business case for improving ergonomics in your workplace. But its also important to remember that you can’t properly manage anything you don’t accurately measure. As organizations invest to improve their workplace ergonomics they should also be putting in place ergonomics and risk management reporting systems that can track the adoption and use of ergonomic tools and best practice. There are now a wide range of software tools available to give organizations that ability to live monitor, manage and improve their workplace ergonomic outcomes.