If you had to venture a guess, what one factor would you say contributes to at least a third of employees' lost work days? If you guessed musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs, you were correct.
Work-related injuries to knowledge workers are much more widespread than most people realize, and many of these injuries are directly related to poor ergonomics.
Ergonomics: A Matter of Safety
Ergonomics has to do with improving the way we arrange and design the things we use to avoid injury and increase efficiency. Office settings are prime examples where employees can inadvertently injure themselves simply by the way they sit or perform certain tasks, especially repetitive ones.
Certainly, employers want to avoid the injuries associated with work-related MSDs. One of the most effective ways to do so is to choose high-quality office furniture that offers the best available support. Look for these features to keep your employees safe and productive at work:
- Chairs with the best lumbar support can reduce the pressure employees experience on their spines and lower back areas.
- Cushioned seats help to distribute weight and reduce stress caused by pressure points. Low-quality foam seats quickly become misshapen and provide little in the way of support.
- Armrests allow employees to take the strain off of arms and shoulders. They also provide support when employees get in or out of the chair.
- Chairs with height adjustment features allow employees to work more comfortably while reducing strain on musculoskeletal systems.
Benefits to Employers
As an employer, the benefits of choosing the right office furniture are obvious:
- Fewer MSD injuries mean fewer lost work days.
- Improved employee morale.
- Improved employee productivity.
- Lower costs associated with insurance claims.
- Tax benefits related to purchasing new office furniture.
To learn more about quality office furniture for your company, contact us at American Business Equipment today.