Why ignoring Ergonomics can be costly

In this blog, we will try to understand what Ergonomics  and its importance are. And why ignoring ergonomics can lead to hefty costs.

The word ‘Ergonomics’ is from Greek. ‘Ergo’ means ‘Work’, ‘nomics’ means ‘laws pertaining to, or measuring.

So, Ergonomics is laws pertaining to work, the measure of work. In simple terms, Ergonomics is all about ensuring fitness between people and the things they are dealing with. Ergonomics basically defines how workstations’ work practices and workflow should be designed to accommodate the capabilities of workers.

Back in the day, industry or work-related equipment used to be designed without much thinking of the safety/comfort of the people who would be using it and that would cause injury, discomfort and stress.

Ignorance of Ergonomics not only affected individuals’ safety and discomfort but also resulted in poor product quality, low morale and high absenteeism at the workplace.

Data states that an inappropriate work environment, fatigue and discomfort often result in muscle, ligaments, nerves and blood vessel injuries which are known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

MSDs in the workplace can cause severe and debilitating symptoms that not only lead to illness but injury. Temporary or permanent disability, pain, numbness, and stress are part of MSDs as well.

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Ergonomics plays an important role in the product development process. The purpose of Ergonomics is to increase the safety, comfort and performance of products or work environments. Every individual is different in terms of body size, body shape, strength, mobility, mental ability, and culture. Applying ergonomics considering these factors truly accomplishes the purpose.

Ergonomics is majorly categorised in three broad areas:

  • Physical Ergonomics – Physical Ergonomics is understanding the interaction of the human body with the equipment and tools. Workers’ involvement in activities such as performing the same task or series of tasks continually or frequently for an extended period, heavy lifting, pushing or pulling, working or sitting in a vibrating environment etc affects the human body.Physical ergonomics can help designing a healthy environment to prevent injuries at work.
  • Psychological ergonomics – Psychological ergonomics studies mental processes such as perception, cognition, memory, reasoning and emotion when people interact with products, systems and environments. Psychological ergonomics help in designing workflow policies that help in managing excessive mental workload, stress, poor decision making at the workplace.
  • Organization ergonomics- Organization ergonomics is about optimising the organisational structures, policies and processes of socio-technical systems. Communication, staff resource management, organizational culture is part of organization ergonomics which could help workers in avoiding misinterpretation of norms.

Why are we studying Ergonomics here? It is because many studies have shown that an afternoon power nap at your office desk can recharge your body and mind. That results in providing the needed energy to tackle the second half of your day while solving major Ergonomics problems. And the best part is, “Where there is a nap, there is a Napeazy Comfort Pillow”. 

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