My article, How Proper Ergonomics In The Workplace Reduces Employers’ Cost, described the impact of ergonomic equipment on the direct and indirect costs for employers. The most common cause of these costs is musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as neck pain, back strains, tendinitis, epicondylitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Direct costs related to MSDs are workers compensation payments, medical expenses, and legal fees. The indirect costs include implementation of corrective measures, accident investigation, training replacement employees, lost productivity, and absenteeism.
The use of an ergonomic chair can address three primary factors that lead to these direct and indirect costs. They include reducing work injuries, improving productivity, and enhancing employee satisfaction.
Reducing Work Injuries: Ergonomic chairs reduce work injuries by decreasing the postural stress on your neck, back, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Decreasing the postural stress on your body helps to prevent musculoskeletal disorders that are caused by poor positioning and overuse during repetitive activities.
Improving Productivity: The adjustable features of an ergonomic chair allow it to accommodate different body types, activities, and workstyles. A properly adjusted ergonomic chair allows you to work for longer periods by improving your comfort and ensuring that you are in the optimal position to perform your work. You will be less likely to be distracted by soreness and able to focus on job tasks.
Enhancing Job Satisfaction: Ergonomic chairs are more comfortable than standard chairs because they can adapt to fit each user. Using a supportive chair that allows you to perform your job duties without causing pain, fatigue, or muscle strain will keep you in a more positive state of mind. The knowledge that your employer cares about your well-being will further enhance your job satisfaction.