Reducing unnecessary or awkward postures and exertions almost necessarily reduces the time it takes to complete a given task, thus improving productivity.
How does ergonomics improve productivity?
The presence of ergonomic risk factors — awkward postures, excessive force, and high task repetition — makes a job more frustrating and difficult to perform. This causes a variety of problems including losses in productivity.
The ergonomics improvement process reduces ergonomic risk factors and improves the interaction between the work and the worker. Done well, this process removes barriers to productivity and makes job tasks easier and faster to accomplish (Middlesworth, 2022).
Improve productivity by reducing awkward postures.
Working in an awkward posture is not an efficient way to work. The ergonomics process encourages work to be done in the “comfort zone”, causing less fatigue and helping you work faster and more accurately (Middlesworth, 2022).
Improve productivity by reducing high force requirements.
High force requirements cause unnecessary exertion that slows work down. Using mechanical assists, counter balance systems, adjustable height lift tables and workstations, powered equipment and ergonomic tools will reduce work effort and muscle exertions (Middlesworth, 2022).
When working in a remote environment, understanding the basics of ergonomics can help you make better decisions for where, how, and in what position you will work to enhance comfort and sustainability.
Middlesworth, M. (2022). The value of ergonomics – How ergonomics improves productivity. ErgoPlus.
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