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Benefits of ergonomics in the workplace – what does research say?

Are you not totally convinced that an investment in ergonomic furniture and accessories for your business will be worth it? Will your staff really get increased health and productivity? Will you save more money than the investment cost? What does research say? Read more, to learn the true benefits of ergonomics in the workplace.

Reported benefits of ergonomics

Through literature reviews and internet searches, W. Goggings, Spielholz and L. Nothstein (2008) collected and summarized 250 case studies about ergonomic programs. They found that the use of ergonomics in the workplace lead to a reduction of:

The study also showed that other benefits of the ergonomic programs were increases in:

In Ergonomics for Healthcare environments, PhD, President and founder of Human Environment Research Organization Tim Springer, concludes that working environments have an untapped potential for benefits in applying ergonomic to staff workplaces. His report supports that there is evidence that workplace ergonomics:

Springer mentions that bad ergonomics causes high costs for organizations, due to the consequences of back injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.

Cost-benefits and payback periods

Countless studies prove that a good investment in ergonomic equipment and training actually is a good business strategy, which will save your company much more money than it costs.

In the study first mentioned in this article, the payback period for ergonomic investments in the workplace were typically around one year.

In a study made by Alison HELLER-ONO (2014), it was found that the average Return on Investment (ROI) on ergonomic investments (covering such as consultant fees, training and ergonomic equipment), was that the organization saved $10 for every $1 invested during a five year long period.

In Tim Springer's report he includes a review of the report by “Amick and colleagues” (2002), that concluded that ergonomics in the workplace increases performance with 17.7 % and that the benefit-to-cost ratio was amazingly 24:1.

These are just examples, but there are many more cases that shows the same pattern; that ergonomic investment will save you money.

An attractive workplace helps you get the best people

Having good ergonomic policies in your workplace also says something about you as a company. It shows that you care about your employees. It will not only make your workplace more attractive to potential new employees, but also helps keeping great people for a longer time.

Remember; healthier employees are happier employees. And happier employees are more likely talk positively about you as an employer and to be satisfied with their job.

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Still any doubts about ergonomic investments?

These were just a few samples of what is out there in terms of research proving the benefits and cost saving opportunities with ergonomics. There are actually no doubt that most work environments would benefit economically by putting their staffs health first and invest in ergonomics. So what are you waiting for?

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Josefin Sandberg on 12-Jul-2018 14:22:17

ergonomics, healthy work environment

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