You’ve worked in an office most of your life, and your employer still has the majority of the furniture he opened the business with. Over time, you’ve noticed that what was once a comfortable office has become worn. On top of that, sitting at your desk has become difficult, straining your neck and back because of the age of the furniture.
You spoke to your employer, but he doesn’t see an issue. One thing you can do is discuss the benefit of ergonomic changes in your workplace. If you don’t make changes, there’s a possibility that you could get hurt and that your employer will have workers’ compensation claims to deal with.
In an office environment, people often sit for long periods of time. With older furniture, the curve of a person’s back, length of their arms and other measurements weren’t a consideration. Seating came in a kind of “one-size-fits-all” design, allowing only for changes for height.
Today, the world of ergonomics has changed. Good ergonomic seating minimizes the potential of injury in the office and even encourages better posture and focus. In truth, the hidden benefit to ergonomic offices is a better workflow. When people get up less or shift less because of having comfortable work environments, more work gets done.
Ergonomic workplaces are well worth any investment made to bring them up to the current era. Ergonomic workplaces save money, have increased production and see better quality out of their products. Statistics show that good ergonomics directly affect productivity, allowing individuals to get more done by performing fewer motions. Better ergonomics therefore mean becoming more efficient.
Good ergonomics also improve the way employees engage in the workplace. Those who are in pain or who dislike their environments are unhappier and more likely to leave. They’re more likely to be fatigued or uncomfortable. With improved ergonomics, employers see an increase in morale and employee involvement and a decrease in the turnover rate. They also see fewer people miss work, likely since they feel more comfortable on the job.
Probably the best reason for better ergonomics in the workplace is that better ergonomics show that employers care about safety. When healthy employees are an employer’s priority, they sense that they are more valuable and also support the safer environment. In the long term, this is something that saves employers money and prevents injuries on the job.