Ergonomics is the idea that you can perform your job duties with greater effectiveness because your body is not under strain.
For example, if you are a company that has a large office building, you have many people who may suffer from various musculoskeletal issues arising from having to work eight hours a day sitting at a desk.
The human body was not meant to be so sedentary; fortunately, thanks to ergonomics, we have a greater understanding of the different ways to support the human body while doing these unnatural, but necessary functions and this is what ergonomic specialists do – lower cost while improving productivity.
There are many different injuries that people can suffer due to office work.
No, office work is not as hazardous as some other jobs, but it can take a toll on the body. For example, many people who spend the day typing develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
This is because the area in the wrist that the hand’s nerves go through – the carpal tunnel – can begin to develop great strain.
When your typing, your hands are in a raised position relative to your wrist, this means the nerve is pinched against the bone, causing numbness and pain.
Over time, surgery is required, and that particular employee has a few months where they can’t do anything like typing.
Also, they never quite get back all the feeling in the hand.
Now, as someone who is an ergonomic specialist, you can provide relief for that person so that they never have to deal with carpal tunnel syndrome.
This is just a single example of the many different benefits that companies are looking for when they hire ergonomic assessment specialists.
What they get is someone who knows how to control costs because what they are doing is making sure your employees are well cared for.
Here are some examples of benefits that ergonomic specialists offer:
When ergonomic specialists go through an office and suggest modifications like wrist rests, what they are doing is giving a company a low cost solution to prevent a high cost loss of productivity.
This is a fantastic return on investment.
Increase Worker Happiness
Nothing is worse than the feeling when you leave an office after eight hours.
Your eyes ache, your body hasn’t moved, and overall you don’t feel great. This is the dread that comes with the idea of the Rat Race.
Ergonomic specialists alleviate physical strain, allowing the mind to focus on job functions instead of aches and pains – thus improving happiness
Decrease Overall Equipment Cost
When you buy lots of modifications to make existing items ergonomic, it will extend the lifespan of the equipment. Also, if a company chooses to invest in ergonomic equipment then that equipment will also have a longer lifespan.
Either way, companies pay less on the front end.