Ergonomics, the science of adapting the work environment to the physical needs of employees, can play an essential role in increasing productivity through injury and stress prevention. Ergonomic best practices can be applied throughout virtually every area of an organization to reduce the impact of continuous strain and repetitive motion. Ergonomic solutions can be as simple as promoting safe lifting techniques, proper posture and more frequent breaks to adapting your equipment to the specific needs of your workforce.
Preventing fatigue and discomfort by conforming to the body’s minor demands now can ultimately result in avoiding costly debilitating problems, such as musculoskeletal disorders, that might lie ahead. Along with achieving optimal efficiency and productivity, placing an emphasis on the physical well-being of your workforce boosts morale, cuts back on absenteeism, saves money and enhances employee gratification, resulting in better customer service and reduced turnover.