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The term “ergonomics” may sound like a bunch of technical jargon or even like a passing fad, but when it comes to health and safety in the workplace, it is incredibly important. This is true whether or not you work on a construction site or in an office building; in fact, though the types of injuries differ, office workers often fall prey to debilitating repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) that keep them sidelined at work, and that can even prevent them from advancing in careers. They are also incredibly costly to businesses as well in terms of lowered productivity, absenteeism and workers compensation claims. Not convinced? Let’s take a look at a few other key ways ergonomics matter to form the heart of a successful company.

1) A Healthy Team is a Productive Team

There is nothing that gets in the way of productive working quite like pain. Whether it’s just a minor pinch here and there or it’s completely debilitating, discomfort is at least distracting, at most enough to keep a worker out of the office for weeks on end. This greatly impedes a team’s ability to get their work done, let alone for that team to have the mental energy left for creativity and true innovation. By simply investing in a few ergonomic solutions, like an ergonomic keyboard, mouse, and laptop and tablet stand, employers are investing in a team that is more physically sound, mentally present and ready to push boundaries.

2) Non-Ergonomic Workspaces Are a Lawsuit Risk

Employers who don’t invest in ergonomic solutions out of economic concerns are putting themselves at big risk for an even bigger debt down the line when they face an OSHA audit and any associated workers compensation claims. Combined with the lowered productivity rates and lack of innovation mentioned above, this can make a serious dent on the company’s bottom line. Better to invest a little now to increase profits and prevent lawsuits in the long term.

3) Going Ergonomic Boosts Moraleemployee excited at accomplishment

These days, most employees switch their companies as often as they change their wardrobes. This is less than ideal for employers who invest money and time in training and educating their employees. One great way to stop the outward flow? A caring work culture that looks after the needs of its employees. Going ergonomic is an excellent way to let employees know you care about their well-being. In addition, it just might keep them on the payroll for a bit longer.
For an even more in-depth look at why ergonomics matter for both employers and employees, we highly recommend reading, Ergonomics of Workstations: Why Is This Necessary?

How has ergonomics changed your life and the way your company does work? Let us know in the comments below.

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