Last updated on June 19th, 2020.
The science of ergonomics dates back as far as to 5th century BC when the ancient Greeks used it to design their tools, jobs, and work places. Since then, ergonomics has evolved along with the changing work, environment, tools and everything associated with it, to bring about higher levels of comfort, efficiency, and productivity into everyday work life.
Many jobs require long working hours while remaining in the same position, or too much walking, or sitting in front of the computer for long time etc. All these jobs can cause serious wear and tear to the body if done for prolonged durations of time. Muscles and bones suffer from stress, resulting in fatigue and pain. While it may not reveal immediate damage, in the long run, people end up suffering from a lot of critical health issues. In order to avoid this, many employers and managers began to pay special attention toward creating an environment that does not induce stress to the muscles or minds.
Ergonomically designed tools and solutions are found everywhere, from car seats to garden tools to chairs and desks. Some are easily identified, others not so much. The main purpose behind the use of scientifically designed furniture is to ensure to safe, comfortable, and healthy work environment without causing exertion. It not only considers the physique of the individuals but also the type of work, tasks, tools and equipment, design, space, environment, organizations and culture and laws. When it comes to medical professions like nursing, the use of ergonomic solutions like seats, mats and lab chairs in the workspace boosts their stamina, concentration, and comfort.
The obvious advantage of using ergonomically designed furniture is better health. There are no longer bad posture troubles, aches, and injuries. It is also safe, both from a short term and long term health care perspective. Effective use of ergonomics in work environment, tools, and body language of staffs prevents the occurrence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that cause deterioration to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs in human body. Another interesting fact is that ergonomically designed furniture is no longer an eye sore. It pleases to the aesthetics of everyone and blends well with the style and image of the company and employers. It combines comfort with fashion, which also means that the employees work can work longer without affecting their health and peace of mind as well as the profit margins of the company.
Ergonomic solutions greatly boost staff productivity as it creates ideal workstation that facilitates proper posture, less strain on body, adjustable height, reach and motions. Naturally, this further enhances the quality of the work and the morale of the employees as they appreciate the effort and investments made to ensure a stress-free work environment.
At the first cut, investing in ergonomics may seem expensive. However, with so many people being identified with poor work habits and wrong body posture are diagnosed with MSDs, ergonomics turns out to be a responsible and sustainable way to manage musculoskeletal injuries at work places. It reduces injuries and saves money, time, and efficiency lost over workers’ compensation costs, medical claims, and lagging work time.