Ergonomics is an essential part of the productivity in your office and the happiness of your employees. For the companies that value competitive advantages in hiring, ergonomics is a primary concern and close attention is paid to needs and requests of employees when it comes to comfort and safety. Prevention has become a priority in the face of technology creating an environment in which most don’t leave their desk for 8-10 hours each day. This also leads some offices into thinking that it is unnecessary to take on an ergonomics program because their people aren’t moving or doing any heavy lifting. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Why Ergonomics is More Important than Ever
Ergonomics is Important for Better Health in the Workplace
According to the Mayo Clinic, sitting for long periods of time can cause “increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.” Small ergonomic changes can make a significant difference. Moving regularly during the day, standing while doing tasks through the work day and ensuring a workstation is set up for better posture can help improve overall health. Standing desks and workstations that have the option to sit, like those with adjustable elevation or more than one work surface at varying heights to allow standing are ideal.
Ergonomics in the past was thought of as something that warehouse workers and other manual labor jobs needed to be aware of and put into practice. These days, ergonomics is just as important, if not more so for a successful office environment. Work toward the health of your team with a strong ergonomics program, which you can implement without having to call in an expert every time a change is needed with our Essential Ergonomics Workshops.
Workplace Wellness Programs that Include Ergonomics are Sought After
New workers, especially in metropolitan areas, like Austin, are looking for more reasons to work for certain companies over others. By new, we don’t just mean young. Millennials are certainly a driving force in more comfortable and inviting workspaces, as are their younger counterparts. However, Generation X and Y are looking to improve their health in any way possible and see workplace wellness programs as a major driver to help them decide where to work, or at least where to stay working. Ergonomics is at the forefront of innovation in workplace wellness and no matter what generation, potential employees are aware of the benefits that a good ergonomics set-up can provide. In many places, as in many top companies, ergonomics is part of the everyday operations and have come to be an expected part of the work environment. Companies that aren’t at least discussing ergonomics are already behind the curve.
If you’re ready to invest in the health of your employees and stay competitive in the competitive world of skilled workers, contact Healthworks Ergonomics to see how we can help your team stay on top of the ergonomics game. Join us for our upcoming Essential Ergonomics Workshop for some hands-on training that you put to good use in your office!