Office workers are spending more and more time at their desks, which means the risk of discomfort and loss of productivity is increasing. Studies have shown that while ergonomic designs can help reduce work-related pain and improve occupant productivity, most programs are put into place only after complaints have been received. A new study shows that proactive ergonomic design not only increases occupant productivity, but also improves job satisfaction, comfort, and recruitment.
The paper Proactive Office Ergonomics Really Works, studied over 200 employees at a company that was relocating from a facility without ergonomic design to a new one with features such as ergonomic workstations, group training, and one-on-one consultations. After the move, the authors found that occupants reported significantly higher levels of job satisfaction and happiness. Participants also speculated that the new ergonomics program could help improve company retention and talent recruitment.
"[Ergonomics] is a highly cost-effective way to improve performance, health and well-being, and happiness. We can expect even better results for companies that fully commit to the ergonomic redesign of their workplaces and the establishment of a proactive ergonomics system," says Alan Hedge, professor at Cornell University and coauthor of the study.
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