What does “Ergonomics” mean, exactly? Put simply, ergonomics is “the science of making the job fit the worker.” Of course that applies not only to where and how a person works for a living, but “jobs” around the house such as housekeeping and hobbies.
Whatever a person is doing, the “work” environment must be comfortable in the sense that stresses and strains are not being placed on the body. Curling up on the couch can feel “comfortable” while working on a laptop, but with a twisted spine, bent joints, pressure on the neck – the body is in distress.
And the same is true in the office. The chair, the desk, the computer should all fit a worker like their shoes do. In fact, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association) the organization that oversees the health and safety of workers in the U.S., says ergonomics in the workplace have been proven to:
- Reduce injuries and lost work days due to musculoskeletal disorders
- Reduce the cost of worker’s compensation claims
Thus, for employers, good office ergonomics translates to:
- Increased productivity
- Boosted morale
- Reduced absenteeism
- Decreased cost of doing business
Done correctly by employers, office ergonomics not only support the worker as far as preventing or reducing long-term medical issues, but it saves time, improves productivity, and makes the office experience more comfortable and fun. And that makes the worker want to come to work.
Office ergonomics can be as simple as providing an ergonomic pen. Using a comfortable pen such as the UGLee Pen prevents stress and strain on the tendons and muscles of the fingers and hands, which reduces such discomfort as cramps, pain, and even eventual long-term problems like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.