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Simple Ergonomic Steps to a More Productive Workplace

by James Anderson, Lista International

Abstract: Workplace ergonomics is getting a lot of attention nationwide in response to a sharp increase in incidents of repetitive strain injuries resulting in musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Occupational diseases often mean repeated surgery, intractable pain, inability to work, time off for the affected employee, and, ultimately, higher costs for the employer.

Factors including work surfaces at the wrong height, uncomfortable chairs, shelves and bins that are too high or out of reach, and awkward hand tools, all contribute to increased risk of musculoskeletal disorders injury and may offer a negative impact on productivity.

There is a wealth of options available to adjust the workspace to meet employees’ ergonomic needs and selecting the right ones can help employees reap significant bottom line rewards. Paying attention to ergonomics means removing barriers to work productivity. Comfortable employees stay at their desks or work stations longer, and complete more work in a given shift. Employers who pay attention to these four simple steps are well on their way to gaining these rewards.

June 8, 2012

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