Five Common Benefits to Ergonomics in the Workplace


Even a well-run office can benefit from an ergonomics overhaul.  Employing a new ergonomics strategy can be a good idea because it could provide you with some benefits that you had not considered before. Let’s take a look at a few of these potential ergonomics benefits.

#1:  It Cuts Costs

Yes, you do have to spend money to make money so instituting a new ergonomics strategy could require a little expense up front but in the long run, the policies you implement as new best practices for your company could most certainly save you money down the road.  For example, one study suggests that roughly one-third of all worker compensation costs are often due to the development of musculoskeletal diseases. And these conditions are actually the result of poor posture which can be attributed to sitting for too long in the wrong chairs. Most importantly, that means one-third of all worker compensation costs can be prevented by simply improving worker health through a better ergonomics strategy.

#2:  It Improves Productivity

When workers feel healthier it is more likely that they will improve their productivity.  Whether this health improvement comes in the form of better posture or lower stress, studies continue to show that healthier employees tend to think more clearly, have better focus, and finish tasks more consistently and efficiently; and they take fewer sick/mental health days.

#3:  It Improves Quality of Work

Simply working more and working faster, of course, is not enough to succeed: that work also has to be of good quality. Fortunately, studies also indicate that improving your office ergonomics can also improve work quality too.  With fewer distractions (from unnecessary decoration or from uncomfortable equipment and inefficient tools) people can focus more on the quality of their work instead of just hitting deadlines.

#4:  It Improves Worker Engagement

By improving the quality of work and the efficiency by which it is completed people feel better about the work they do; and when workers feel better about their work, they also feel better about the work place. This translates, again, to fewer sick days but it also contributes to an improved collective mood.

#5:  It Encourages Safety

When people care about the work place they also take better care of it (and those they work with).  Improved focus and pride in the workplace leads people to clean up messes, repair hazards, and take fewer risky shortcuts, too.