Ergonomics has been around in a serious capacity for more than 20 years. In most instances, it’s a dreaded program filled with expensive equipment, evaluations, and unhappy employees. Honestly, it’s a can of worms, so be careful if you open it. Unfortunately, it’s also a necessary evil. So, here are a few tips for dancing with the devil.
Start at the beginning
Education is key. And that starts right where it should with the instruction manual for all equipment your staff may utilize. We created ErgoSelfie.com specifically to handle this problem. After conducting thousands of ergo evals, one thing was clear. People were afraid to make adjustments to their keyboards and chairs. Silly, I know but still the fact of the matter.
Take a stance
Develop a policy and stick to it. No amount of equipment is going to solve an ergonomic problem when the real problem is that people want to look cool standing at work. Put your policy in writing and then hold firm. Once one gets it, they all get it.
Most ergonomic problems can be solved with a bit of exercise. Keep the blood pumping and the body moving and miracles will happen. After years of sitting around and eating the free donuts and other goodies at the office, the body turns to fat and mush. This leads to circulation problems and all kinds of other physical ailments.
We highly recommend a self-evaluation program before bringing out the ergonomist. This is to make sure that the employee has some skin in the game and also that the simple, straightforward stuff is corrected before you spend money bringing out the pros. Try ergoselfie.com because it uses videos and audio to walk people thru the process. If the problem persists, then it is worth it to spend the money for the pros.
Buy in bulk
Buy your equipment in bulk and setup every workstation with the proper ergo equipment, to begin with. You will save a ton of money on labor costs and moves.
Learn to say no
At some point enough is enough and you need to send them to the doc. Trying to cater to staff can create an endless stream of requests. As an example, a staff member with OCD started by wiping down their desk with sanitizer sheets. Then it turned into light switches. Next, they wanted to throw out the silverware and refrigerator in the breakroom versus having it cleaned thoroughly. There has to be a border and boundary set on these things. Ergonomics is no different. It starts with chairs and keyboards and turns in to lighting, fragrance in the air and white noise pumping from the ceiling.