Can ergonomics in the workplace boost employee retention?

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Business leaders may be inclined to think of ergonomics in the workplace as a safety or comfort issue. Picture comfy chairs and computer wrist support pads.

But there’s much more to it than that.

In fact, it’s well-documented that an ergonomic workplace can positively impact employee performance and overall wellness. This makes sense if you think about it. When a workspace is tailored to fit someone’s individual needs, they’re empowered to work comfortably, productively and safely.

Problems caused by an inadequate physical environment include a host of health conditions, such as fatigue, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries, colds and flu, heat stroke, eye strain, headaches and more.

In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 31 percent of all worker injuries fall into the category of sprains and strains, with employees needing on average 12 days to recuperate before returning to work.

These illnesses and injuries cost employers in absenteeism, lost productivity and, quite often, higher insurance premiums. But what about employee attrition? Isn’t it likely that a good employee will go find another job rather than continue to work in unsafe or uncomfortable conditions for too long?

This is where workplace ergonomics comes in – and why it should be part of

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