5 Requirements for Sustainable Ergonomics in the Workplace
Sustainable sounds like one of those corporate buzzwords that come and go, but the meaning behind it will always ring true for organizations purposely built to survive, improve and thrive into the future. Ergonomics plays a key role in corporate sustainability, and this article provides an overview for a sustainable workplace ergonomics process.
Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better.1 W. Edwards Demming, corporate sustainability pioneer
The 5 Requirements for Sustainable Ergonomics in the Workplace
- Purpose and Goals
- Metrics and Continuous Improvement
- Documentation and Proof
- Teamwork and Accountability
Purpose, Goals & Strategy
There are many reasons to establish or revitalize an ergonomics process. One common purpose is to address ergonomics-related injuries, but good ergonomics brings many more economic and intangible benefits, and some of those benefits will expand the influence, return on investment (ROI) and success of ergonomics and continuous improvement throughout your company.
Ergoweb promotes and works to achieve at least the following benefits in a workplace ergonomics process. We might add or subtract from this list, depending on the maturity of your current process.
- Prevent injuries, fatigue and discomfort
- Reduce the severity of injuries, disabilities, and all associated costs
- Improve production quality and workmanship
- Improve efficiency and productivity
- Improve moral, accountability, teamwork and cross-functional cooperation
- Improve absenteeism and turnover rates
Strategy is the method and means you apply to meet your production goals. It’s important to set realistic goals, then set your strategy in motion with specific timelines and metrics aligned to achieve success. SMART-A is an acronym that may help you as you devise your ergonomics process strategy.
Ergonomics can benefit other corporate functions, including product and service design, but this article focuses only on workplace ergonomics.
Metrics and Continuous Improvement
Metrics are a requirement in today’s business environment, with good reason. Metrics, meaning the method in which we measure the state of our process, are key to understanding whether we’re succeeding, failing, or having little…