The Importance of Workplace Ergonomics

A recent article by openaccessgovernment.org revealed that a large proportion of the 600 000 annual workplace injuries in the UK, can be rooted back to outdated and unsafe office furniture. This in a country where ergonomic furniture is already gaining a lot of attention.

Shifting focus to South Africa, one cannot help but wonder how poor working environments are affecting our health. Most offices supply their staff with old and outdated furniture that was passed on from employee to employee – ergonomics clearly taking the back-seat. 

Unfortunately, the main focus of most companies today is to cut expenses as far as possible. But could cutting this expense have a far greater financial impact on a company than when pursuing it?

The Wellness Centre, Diamond Pain Relief & Wellness, reported that poor ergonomics in the workplace can cause various health issues for your employees. Some include muscle strain injuries, headaches, migraines, and stiff and injured necks. The main problem with this is a massive decline in employee morale, positivity, productivity, and focus, which ultimately leads to poor work performance. 

Ergonomic design, such as with Ergonomic chairs, is “the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data, and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall performance” – Ergonomics Society of South Africa.

By implementing Ergonomic design in the workplace, a company has a lot to gain:

Improved Productivity
Ergonomic designs allow staff to move faster and more efficiently.

Reduced Costs
Reduced costs due to fewer health claims, injuries, absenteeism, and improvement to usual lack of productivity.

Improved Employee Well-being
Employees will have reduced back pain, injuries, muscle strain and will, therefore, be less frustrated and have a more positive attitude.

Better Employee Engagement
When a company takes care of their employees, they realise it and return the favour by actively engaging their efforts.

Build Brand Reputation
Implementing Ergonomic design shows your company’s commitment to safety and health as a core value. This will build a positive reputation not only amongst customers but also amongst quality potential future job candidates.

Should Companies, therefore, risk-taking on the expense of Ergonomic design in their workplace? Absolutely! The benefits far outweigh the initial expense. 

Why not contact us today? We can take your business to the next level with our affordable, in-stock ergonomic solutions.

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