How Investing in Ergonomics Saves Money

By Ryan Fogel,

office with workers talking and working with one another

Businesses that seek to be successful always must manage a variety of work costs, such as supplies, labor, bookkeeping, inventory, and more. One area that is often overlooked is the cost of workplace injuries. According to a news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016 alone, there were more than 2.9 million nonfatal workplace and illnesses.

Also, according to the National Safety Council, the costs of preventable injuries in 2018 among employers was over $170.8 billion. The question now becomes, how can ergonomics save businesses more money and ensure fewer costs regarding workplace injuries?

Improve Productivity

Workers are always carrying out tasks that create constant stress and lead to musculoskeletal disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome as well as other ailments. Workers can also experience fatigue which cause depreciating accuracy, efficiency, and productivity. These issues undoubtedly increase business costs. By making an ergonomic work environment a priority, workers will experience less injuries and in turn, cost businesses less money.

Reduce Work Compensation Claims

Ergonomics can help reduce the amount of worker compensation claims. Business costs often go up when workers begin dealing with work-related health issues as they make medical claims. However, with the implementation of proper ergonomic safety precautions, training, and equipment, you can easily bring down running costs.

Streamline Processes

Ergonomics can help save money through streamlining of the processes. Simple changes such as reducing repetitive motions, cutting down steps, and limiting exertion can result in process changes that boost workflow and save more time.

With improved processes and business operations, you can accomplish more for far less cost. In addition, there may be improvements in the quality of products and services, further boosting the value your business offers.

Decrease in Turnover

It is costly to interview and train new employees constantly, which disrupt business services. It is also vital that employees remain healthy and are working at their highest levels. Creating an ergonomic environment will encourage employees to continue working as they believe that the company, they work for takes care of them and prioritizes comfortable working conditions.

To make your workplace more ergonomic for your employees, it is important to hire a Specialist. At Accredited Rehabilitation Consultants, we can evaluate your current workspace, find ways to make it more ergonomic, and then provide and install the necessary equipment to do so. To learn more, contact us today!

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Top 3 Ergonomic Tips for Short People

By Ryan Fogel,

Business woman using laptop computer in office

If you’re on the shorter side, you know full well how hard it can be to find the right office equipment. Chairs are too tall, not allowing you to place your feet on the floor, while desks are too high, forcing your wrists to type at an awkward angle. However, it’s not impossible. Here, we provide our top three ergonomic tips so that you can work in comfort.

Get an office chair of low to medium height

The biggest complaint that people have about their office chairs is that they’re too tall. For short people, this is especially true. Your office chair should allow your feet to touch the ground. You can accomplish this with a chair that is of medium height or less. Additionally, getting an office chair that has an adjustable height will allow you to lower it to the right level for you.

Get a keyboard tray or desk converter

Even if your office chair is the right height, your desk may not be. Many people find that with their shorter chair, their feet may touch the ground, but they’re too low to make typing comfortable. This is where a keyboard tray comes in. You can place your keyboard and mouse on top of it so that it is at a comfortable height. A desk converter can also accomplish this by lowering your keyboard below your desktop.

Adjust your screen monitors

If you’re straining your neck upwards to look at your computer screen, you will soon wind up with neck problems. Instead, adjust your screen monitors so that it is 15 degrees below the horizontal line (or, where your eyes are positioned). This way you are not craning your neck up too high or too low.

At Ergonomic Evaluations, we can help you find the right ergonomic equipment for you. Contact us today to learn more.

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