Why Ergonomics Matters In Your Office

Aesthetically pleasing commercial interior furniture is something Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) is known for.  We take significant measures to ensure every piece of custom office furniture designed and manufactured meets the needs of both the employees and the office environment.

Something less known about how ROI CUSTOM designs office furniture is that we always account for PROPER ERGONOMICS.  We understand that ergonomics is not a buzz-word, but rather an effective way to reduce a company’s worker compensation and health care costs, improve productivity, and even improve product quality.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries reviewed 250 ergonomics case studies to reveal the impact of ergonomics on business goals like cost savings, productivity and product quality.  The findings show that not only is ergonomics good for your business, it’s great for your people.

Benefits of a Workplace Ergonomics Process

Here are five of the proven benefits of a strong workplace ergonomics process:

1.  Ergonomics reduces costs. 

By systematically reducing ergonomic risk factors, you can prevent costly material safety data sheets (MSDs). With approximately $1 out of every $3 in workers’ compensation costs attributed to MSDs, this represents an opportunity for significant cost savings. Also, don’t forget that indirect costs can be up to twenty times the direct cost of an injury.

2.  Ergonomics improves productivity. 

The best ergonomic solutions will often improve productivity. By designing a job to allow for good posture, less exertion, fewer motions and better heights and reaches, the workstation becomes more efficient.

3.  Ergonomics improves quality. 

Poor ergonomics leads to frustrated and fatigued workers that don’t do their best work. When the job task is too physically taxing on the worker, they may not perform their job like they were trained. For example, an employee might not fasten a screw tight enough due to a high force requirement which could create a product quality issue.

4.  Ergonomics improves employee engagement. 

Employees notice when the company is putting forth their best efforts to ensure their health and safety. If an employee does not experience fatigue and discomfort during their workday, it can reduce turnover, decrease absenteeism, improve morale and increase employee involvement.

5.  Ergonomics creates a better safety culture.  

Ergonomics shows your company’s commitment to safety and health as a core value. The cumulative effect of the previous four benefits of ergonomics is a stronger safety culture for your company. Healthy employees are your most valuable asset; creating and fostering the safety & health culture at your company will lead to better human performance for your organization.

The ROI mission to build workplaces people LOVE consistently happens because we take all design factors into consideration – including ERGONOMICS.  If increasing revenue, decreasing costs, and building a workplace employees love is a priority for your business – then let ROI build your next dream come true.

Adapted from:  http://ergo-plus.com/workplace-ergonomics-benefits/


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