There are many pieces of jargon that are leveled at the work place, most are irrelevant management hype, and some people cannot understand how an expensively designed chair can possibly help a companies productivity. But ergonomics is not one of those meaningless jargon words, far from it.
Why Bother with Ergonomics?
Lets face it, ergonomics is not a cheap thing to implement in the work place, so why bother? But evidence has shown that this question is very easy to answer, ergonomics directly affects the efficiency of the workforce. If your employees are in pain or uncomfortable in the workplace, this is what they focus on and not their work. The greater discomfort and pain that they are in, the less attention they pay to their work. And what is even worse, many companies have to foot the bill for expensive health care to rectify workplace injuries. There is no way around this, efficiency depends upon good ergonomics.
Don’t Be Overwhelmed
Introducing an ergonomics program into your workplace does not have to be as scary as many people think it is. The first step from being overwhelmed is to procure the services of an expert to survey the work environment. These people know exactly what they are looking for, they will investigate your business, evaluate workstations, make recommendations, and train the employees how to work smarter and more efficiently. All this is done with the bottom line of your company firmly in mind.
Expect to Invest Upfront
Yes, ergonomics does cost money upfront, but so does any sound investment. The whole point in investing is to secure a more profitable future, and the cost should be calculated over a period of time as it is compared to the increase in profitability.
How Does Ergonomics Improve Efficiency?
Running a slick operation is often the best way to make your business more competitive and thus more profitable. And one of the biggest ways to make your business run better is to increase the efficiency and productivity of the workforce. This is most obvious in production and engineering areas, where a new piece of equipment speeds up production and increases output. But it is less apparent in areas such as the office, and administrative responsibilities. But as every CEO is aware, all the components in an operation are as important as each other.
The office worker who sits at their desk every day and sends out the invoices, is just as important as the worker on the assembly line. One without the other is of little use, and just as new machinery can aid the manual workers efficiency, good ergonomics in the office can assist in making the invoicing clerk far more productive. A happy and comfortable worker is a more efficient worker and a more productive worker. They take less time off work for work related problems, and are definitely more attentive in what they do. Ergonomics has been proven to increase a workers efficiency, there is no doubt about that whatsoever, just be brave enough to invest in the workforce and you will reap the rewards.