Workplace Ergonomics Process – Not got one? … Get one

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Published 24-May-2017 16:23:36

Like most people who sit at a desk with a computer all day, you probably have a sore back, throbbing knees, aching wrists, and eyestrain. Sound about right? Then you need to familiarise yourself with ergonomics.

Done well, an ergonomics improvement process can be a key contributor to your company’s competitiveness in the marketplace and provide a better work experience for your people.

Are you looking to reduce worker’s compensation and health care costs for your company?

Is improving productivity one of your company’s core business objectives this year? How about improving product quality?

If this is the case (we assume it is), then establishing or improving upon your company’s workplace ergonomics process should be on the top of your to-do list.

In fact, leading companies are integrating ergonomics deeply into all of their operations. It is no wonder when you look at the benefits of an effective ergonomics process.

Benefits of a Workplace Ergonomics Process

Here are five proven benefits of a strong workplace ergonomics process:

  1. Ergonomics reduces costs. By systematically reducing ergonomic risk factors, you can prevent cost. With approximately £1 out of every £3 in workers compensation costs attributed to MSDs, this represents an opportunity for significant cost savings. Also, do not forget that indirect costs can be up to twenty times the direct cost of an injury.
  2. Ergonomics improves productivity. The best ergonomic solutions will often improve productivity. By designing a job to allow for good posture, less exertion, fewer motions and better heights and reaches, the workstation becomes more efficient.
  3. Ergonomics improves quality. Poor ergonomics leads to frustrated and fatigued workers that do not do their best work. When the job task is too physically taxing on the worker, they may not perform their job as trained. For example, an employee might not fasten a screw tight enough due to a high force requirement, which could create a product quality issue.
  4. Ergonomics improves employee engagement. Employees notice when the company is putting forth their best efforts to ensure their health and safety. If an employee does not experience fatigue and discomfort during their workday, it can reduce turnover, decrease absenteeism, improve morale and increase employee involvement.
  5. Ergonomics creates a better safety culture. Ergonomics shows your company’s commitment to safety and health as a core value. The cumulative effect of the previous four benefits of ergonomics is a stronger safety culture for your company. Healthy employees are your most valuable asset; creating and fostering the safety & health culture at your company will lead to better human performance for your organisation.

Good leaders consider the following when making decisions:

  1. Will this increase our revenues?
  2. Will this decrease our costs?
  3. Is this the right thing to do?

When considering a workplace ergonomics process, you can answer with an emphatic “YES!” to all three of these questions.

Over to you …

What are some of the benefits of ergonomics you have seen at your facility? Do you plan to spend increased time, attention and resources on ergonomics this year? How do you make the case for your ergonomics process?

Here at Vohkus our people are our number one asset. We pride ourselves on prioritising the wellbeing of our people over all else which is why we ensure the latest products, technology and support is available to all.

We offer a number of ergonomic products in our VPRO catalogue from specially designed keyboards and mice through to office workstations, ergonomically designed furniture and all supporting accessories.


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