If your employer is aware of the benefits of ergonomics in the work place, count yourself lucky. If your employer is not, there’s a lot you can do for yourself.
In his book HR for Small Business (2009), Charles H. Fleishcher discusses ergonomics as “the science of relationship between workers and their work environment.”
The purpose is to create a safe, comfortable and stress-reduced work place. Study after study has shown that repetitive motion and poor positioning over prolonged periods are cumulative – and can result to discomfort, pain and even disabling injury.
Ideally the working environment should ensure that every employee takes a number of preventive measures to reduce the risks of fatigue, stress, and work-related injuries.
You can achieve this for yourself by carrying out a diagnostic test of your work area to identify any potential risk factors that may cause you discomfort or stress. On the basis of this new awareness of potential problem areas, make the changes necessary.
Use the diagram below to help you in your assessment.
The benefits that ergonomics can bring to companies include improving production and efficiency levels and quality of service, and reducing staff turnover and insurance premiums.
Benefits to employees include increased motivation and job satisfaction, less pain and fewer injuries, reduced absenteeism and a greater sense of general well being in the workplace.
Boosting your ergonomic awareness is important whether you work in a company office, or a home office, and whether you sit for prolonged periods at a computer for work or for entertainment.
Raising your ergonomic awareness should be a top priority – for your health and well-being.
Source: SMB Tech Guide