Is Office Ergonomic Design Measurable?
Depending on the type of work, it can be either useful or irrelevant to measure productivity. In essence, yes, it is measurable but with some effort. Some companies are able to measure errors, while others can put a countable value on work output. In this article, we’ll take a look at more HR-related factors, particularly ones with monetary value. What is the cost of absenteeism, or turnover and recruitment? How about health care premiums – are there ways to save if we show demonstrated efforts to improve short and long term health outcomes?
Ergonomics Improves Productivity And Quality of Work
The best ergonomic solutions will often improve productivity. By designing a job to allow for good posture, less exertion, fewer motions and better heights and reaches, the workstation becomes more efficient.
Poor ergonomics leads to frustrated and fatigued workers that don’t do their best work. When the job task is too physically taxing on the worker, they may not perform their job like they were trained. One way of measuring the success of ergonomics will be the amount you save on getting poor quality work redone, as well as the output from quality work.
Ergonomics Improves Employee Engagement
Employees notice when the company is putting forth their best efforts to ensure their health and safety. If an employee does not experience fatigue and discomfort during their workday, it can reduce turnover, decrease absenteeism, improve morale and increase employee involvement. You could measure the success of ergonomics in this case, on the level of morale of your employees with an internal survey, as well as the rate of absenteeism.
Ergonomics Creates A Better Safety Culture
Ergonomics shows your company’s commitment to safety and health as a core value. Healthy employees are your most valuable asset; creating and fostering the safety & health culture at your company will lead to better human performance for your organization.
In summary, factors you might consider to be softer, such as employee satisfaction and happiness, can also help a company’s bottom line. The main point is to first identify the right goals and factors, and start measuring them, ideally pre and post intervention, and regularly, in order to see short and long term improvements from different initiatives.
Co created content with Jenny Zhao , Associate Ergonomist at Humanscale