From construction sites to sprawling company headquarters, Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are a big problem amongst the global workforce, wreaking havoc on worker bodies and company bottom lines. Still, many companies don’t prioritize workplace ergonomics. And when they do have a program in place, they’re often haphazardly implemented, especially as leadership priorities shift. This can have deleterious long term consequences on employers and the economy as a whole, not to mention the workers themselves.
So Just What’s Going Wrong?
The biggest problem lies in MSD prevention programs that are inefficiently organized. The bigger the organization, the more likely it is that various departments are implementing their own solutions. This can lead to a lack of consistency and an even greater lack of results. This also leads to disparate goals and solutions, which can confuse employees as they work across teams.
To solve this problem, it’s important to establish one common goal for the organization. That goal is the development of well-designed and efficient workspaces that promote healthy ergonomic behavior amongst employees. With that shared goal, employers can better set company-wide initiatives. Initiatives such as fitness plans for employees and template workspace overhauls, customized to fit each worker.
Together, company-wide health and ergonomic initiatives will go a long way towards lowering the rates of MSDs. This, however, is just the beginning. For more on this pressing topic, we highly suggest reading the following article, The Biggest MSD Prevention Mistake You Can Make, for a deeper look at must-dos and pitfalls when it comes to preventing MSDs.