How Ergonomics in the Workplace Can Increase Productivity
January 23, 2014, 11:59 am - Industrial performance is considered a three-dimensional concept consisting of time (speed), quality, and cost. When a company adheres to ergonomic principles at the workplace all of the three dimensions of industrial performance experience dramatic improvement. Ergonomics in the workplace will not only lower costs, but will also reduce the throughput time of stock orders and will result in higher quality in all aspects of their work. Ergonomically designed workplaces are considered one of the best investments for high returns on investments. Costs The implementation of ergonomics in the workplace reduces costs dramatically, which is the ultimate goal of any company. Did you know that ergonomic-related problems account for the greatest amount of lost time injuries in the workplace? These injuries cost industry 16 billion dollars annually! Ergonomic positioning in the workplace decreases the risk of injury while it increases the productivity of workers. There are many different solutions such as lift tables and other custom positioning equipment to workplaces implement ergonomic principles and discover just how greatly it pays off. Quality Quality standards are essential for any company. There are certain goals that a distribution logistics company should have: getting the client the right item, at the requested time, in the right amount, and in one piece (not damaged). But, thousands of units of product are moved daily involving many processes. As a result, what seems to be a simple process actually entails a lot of work. So how does ergonomics in the workplace improve the quality?
- Ergonomics in the workplace eliminates physical loads from the workers which reduces costs associated with fatigue or frustration
- Ergonomics in the workplace make simple and clearly structured process, which in turn leads to a reduced number of errors
- Ergonomics in the workplace can identify possible problem areas before the process is actually completed, which is a preventive rather than a reactive approach
TimeFor any manufacturer, productivity is just as important as safety. Ergonomics in the workplace fits the right job to the right person and the right equipment, enhancing not only productivity but also safety. Implementing ergonomic equipment can also lead to improved throughput time. This is natural since more can be achieved with less effort and less error-related downtime and interruption. In the end, ergonomics in the workplace contributes to the wellbeing, health, relief, and safety of the staff and brings distinct and measurable benefits in productivity. In addition, the improved quality brings less error-related expenses and increased customer satisfaction, which ultimately nurtures tomorrow’s business. Ergonomics increases the warehouse flexibility and reduces complexity, thereby speeding up order processing. Want to learn more about how Pentalift’s equipment can improve ergonomics in your workplace and improve your business process? As the leading manufacturer of ergonomic lifting and positioning equipment in North America, we are dedicated to helping you find the right solution. Contact us today to get started! Mike Earle