How to Build an Ergonomics Program
Typically, when I ask businesses if they have an ergonomics program they say ‘yes’. “When someone has an issue like a bad back or is uncomfortable with their equipment, we call you, Kirsty.”
Well that’s great but that isn’t a program, it’s a component of the program!
The biggest problem I find is ergonomics is seen as merely a health and safety issue and not part of the annual business strategy! No-one has usually allocated the budget for ergonomics.
Sometimes it comes out of a specific team’s budget; the facilities budget, the HR budget, or the health and safety budget, and if the issue gets some real traction it may go up to the CFO for approval.
It’s very time consuming having to fight for resources when all that employee needs is a bit of education, and perhaps the odd person an alternative product. That person is left hanging for weeks and sometimes months with their discomfort getting worse and worse and their productivity going down the drain. Not only that but they are also probably annoying half the team by complaining about their bad back or sore wrist.
I once conducted a workstation assessment for a lady suffering from chronic neck pain. With an almost perfect setup, the issue was not immediately obvious.
Okay, not all of us are that bad. But there are some questionable ones out there. Let me explain why.
Did you know that leaning forward is the leading cause of lower back discomfort in the world? You are probably doing it right now to read this blog!
I have been working in the ergonomics industry for years now & one of the most prominent trends in the last couple of years has been the sit stand trend.
No one should be coming into the office in pain or discomfort. Most certainly not a 20-something-year-old.
Last week I was fortunate to attend the Total Facilities conference at the ICC in Sydney and be part of an expert panel discussion surrounding the growing awareness of wellbeing in the workplace. So, I thought I would share some of my insights that came from the discussion.
We’ve all been conditioned to sit whenever we can, but movement is key in our daily lives and is really beneficial for our wellbeing.
Over 50% of us are working in discomfort. Anything from lower back discomfort, eye strain, wrist ache and neck tension (the list goes on and on). But why?