Have you paid attention to the methods of transferring objects, the placement and accessibility of tools, the opportunities to perform one’s work either sitting down or standing up, and lighting at your workplace? All the above are part of ergonomic workstation design, and companies that have paid attention to these have been able to significantly improve their productivity.
However, good ergonomics means more than the ability to adjust a workstation’s furniture. Improving ergonomics requires knowing the work process from start to finish, but most importantly, identifying the individual needs of the job and the employee. Developing the working environment and working methods pays off, as it helps the company reduce the amount of sick leave and the number of accidents at work, improve the quality of work, and increase efficiency and production volumes. Employees who work in a pleasant environment are more energetic and productive.
“According to a study carried out by the University of Warwick in 2014, employees whose job satisfaction is low are 10 per cent less productive compared to the average employee, whereas employees with high job satisfaction are 12 per cent more productive than the average employee.”
High performance every day
An ergonomic workstation enables employees to perform at their best, every day. Ergonomic working environments make performing one’s work effortless and safe. All the components and tools are within easy reach, which eliminates the need to bend the body or stretch the arms, which in turn reduces tension, strain, and discomfort. This helps prevent musculoskeletal disorders, which affect up to three out of five working-aged people.
Occupational musculoskeletal disorders caused by poorly designed working methods and working postures not only cause physical strain to employees, but also burden companies and society as a whole through sick leave, incapacity for work, and decreased productivity.
5 main points to consider in workstations when improving your workspace ergonomics – for increased safety, efficiency & productivity: (See Image)
1.Everything available within the working zone
2. Bright and adjustable lighting, 2000 lx
3.Handling of manual loads
4.Adjustable working height
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