Ergonomics is an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely —called also biotechnology, human engineering, human factors. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Why Invest in Ergonomics?
For many companies, the implementation of a sound ergonomics program represents a significant investment.
Organizations often require a business case in order to justify such a solution. Toward this end, an effective ergonomics program can offer a positive return on investment (ROI) that is often many times the cost of executing the program.
A growing body of evidence suggests that the presence of an organizational-wide approach to health and wellness has long-term financial implications. The National Business Group on Health recently found that employers that have health and productivity programs are able to reduce disability days between 10% and 35%, improve return to work rates by at least 6% and experience an ROI ranging from 3:1 to 15:1.
Demby outlined case studies that demonstrate positive ROI, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, which implemented a comprehensive ergonomics program and saw a 70% reduction in lost workdays and 89% decline in workers’ compensation costs.
How to Easily Adopt Ergonomics in Your Workspace
You've got all the essential components of the ergonomic workstation - the task light, the monitor arm, the keyboard support, and, of course, the supportive task chair. So now what?
Even the best ergonomic tools need to be used properly to provide their full range of benefits.
Use the following tips and guidelines to maintain healthy work posture and get the most of your ergonomic investment.
The Active Workspace
As we work longer hours and the landscape of the modern office continues to shift, our health and wellbeing while at work are more important than ever.
Finding work tools that adjust to the user, promote spontaneous movement and counter the negative effects of sedentary behavior is key for wellness at work. The active workspace is a thoughtful new concept that encourages balance, so workers – whether in traditional work set-ups or in home offices – can build more activity into their daily routine for long term health.