Put simply, ergonomics is about organizing the work environment for the benefit of employees’ comfort, safety and efficiency by giving consideration to interaction between employees and the tools used by them to carry out their job requirements.
Ergonomics focuses on tailoring the environment to the needs of the workforce and not the other way round; and this is achieved by scientifically applying human data in the design of the workplace environment. The goal is to enhance each employee’s ability to work within a space that will enhance productivity. During the 2nd World War for instance, it was used to enhance cockpit design as a means to reduce pilot errors and increase safety.
Why Companies Should Invest In Ergonomics
It is important that companies invest in ergonomics because it can help to increase the health and wellbeing of employees and by extension, the profitability of the business.
It Leads To Better Productivity: An environment that promotes the well being of workers will make them more efficient. If the work environment is comfortable, employees can give their best with less exertion.
It Helps To Reduce Work Related Injuries: Work related injuries affect employee output and increases absenteeism as well as the organizations health and insurance bills. Investing in ergonomics will help to identify and eliminate those factors that contribute to such situations. Ergonomics for example will help to create tools that allow for fewer motions, less strain and good posture; which in turn promote better health.
It Promotes Better Employee Engagement: Involving employees in the process of making their work easier, increases their buy-in into the company’s goals. Moreover, their morale is boosted because they realize that you place a premium on their well being.
It Promotes A Stronger Safety Culture: A focus on workplace ergonomics will increase employees’ safety awareness and these results in a stronger corporate safety culture; which is essential to overall productivity.