Ergonomics can help enhance employee satisfaction and productivity, thereby boosting profitability. The research literature available on work and the workplace shows that certain methods can be used to demonstrate that it is financially advantageous for a company to improve employees’ working conditions with ergonomics in mind. There are three “rules of thumb” that apply in this regard:
Ergonomics has many positive effects:
“Presenteeism” is the tendency for employees to go to work even when they are ill and should stay home. This generates costs, for example due to lower work quality, accidents, deteriorating health, or mental exhaustion (burnout).
A 2011 study estimates that the financial losses due to presenteeism are considerably higher than those due to absenteeism.
The performance capacity of an employee who works in manual production generally decreases as that employee’s age increases. This is part of the natural process of aging. Ergonomically designed workstations can help compensate for or delay some age-related deficits, at least in part.
If a company is considering multiple work bench systems, the one that offers the best ergonomics should be given preference if the provider of that work bench system meets the criteria mentioned in these guidelines (see “Requirements for manufacturers”).
Ergonomics is worthwhile! Taking these rules of thumb into account directly affects the company’s cost-effectiveness since employee performance can be optimized and illness-related absences can be minimized. The next section explains what factors need to be considered in detail in order to create an ideal work environment.