November 21, 2019
There are a plethora of new, very ergonomically correct office furnishings available. While some of the latest desks (standing, sitting or both) are more expensive than traditional models, the money saved through decreased employee injury and downtime is well worth it.
Merriam Webster defines ergonomics as 1:) an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely.* From an employer’s perspective, designing workspaces with ergonomics as a top priority makes good business and managerial sense. Worksites that are designed with specific employee’s needs in mind will allow them to be most effective, healthy and productive. This focus also shows employees that they are valued, which helps with employee retention.
In a typical office setting, employees spend hours each sitting at their desks. The repetitive motion of using a keyboard and mouse, along with staring at computer screens, can begin to cause problems if the set-up is haphazard. Keyboard trays and desks that are too high (or low) for the user could cause tension in shoulders, wrists and fingers, for instance. Likewise, office lighting that is dim or not well-placed can easily lead to eye strain.
Disorders and strains like carpal tunnel syndrome, tired eyes and muscle pulls can all be caused by inadequate, ill-sized or outdated office furniture. These and similar ailments may lead to increased employee sick days and downtime - both of which impact a company’s bottom line. Taking ergonomics seriously and investing in high-quality, user-friendly equipment should be priorities for any business owner or manager.
For more helpful tips, review this blog by the team at West Bend Insurance. And contact the Valeri Agency to ensure that you are protecting your assets and your employees with the right coverage. We know our clients, we know the area and we know the market. Because Local Matters.