Are Poor Employee Ergonomics Costing Your Business?

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The number of hours we spend sitting at a computer has increased dramatically compared to the workplace years ago, and as a result the risk of computer related health problems has been on the rise.

In a survey done by Staples Advantage, 84% of US office workers reported that they sit at a desk for four or more hours a day, which puts many at risk of developing strains and injuries affecting muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves, leading to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

And according to the Ministry of Labour, nearly 50% of all lost employee time is due to musculoskeletal disorders (source). To help avoid long-term injury, the Ministry recommends five minute breaks every hour for those doing repetitive tasks at a computer. Hourly stretching and simple desk exercises should also be added to your workday if you sit for prolonged periods of time. Some great stretches and resources can be found on our Pinterest board: Ergonmic Tips

In addition, the proper workspace furniture and accessories can help alleviate unnecessary strain on your shoulders, wrists, legs, and eyes.

For a full assortment of ergonomic products for your office visit eway.ca.

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Stressful and Unsafe Workplaces Costing Canadian Employers Billions

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It’s Occupational Safety & Health Week. And while you can’t wrap your employees in bubble wrap, you can still help better protect them.

According to the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) ‘unhealthy, unsafe and stressful workplaces are costing Canadian employers billions of dollars annually’ through employee absences, workplace accidents, illnesses, long and short term disability, insurance claims, and more. But with an effective and well maintained Health & Safety Program, companies can look forward to improved productivity, employee engagement and satisfaction, and an increase in overall profit. (source)

In order to develop a proper and effective Health & Safety Program, the WSPS outlines three elements that must work together to create and maintain a safe and health work environment:

  1. The Physical Environment: addressing “traditional” health and safety legislation requirements
  2. Personal Health Resources: supporting healthy lifestyle practices
  3. The Organizational Culture: creating the right psychosocial work environment

If you don’t have a Health & Safety Program in place, or haven’t reviewed your program yet this year, the WSPS provides great tools and resources to help get your company and employees on the right track to a safer and healthier work environment.

Stock up on the right supplies and tools to keep your employees safe:

North American Occupational Safety & Health Week runs May 3 to May 9, 2015. The goal is to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.