Workplace Ergonomics May Lead To Higher
Productivity, Wellness Professional Asserts
of "workplace ergonomics" is foreign to many businesses, but is
important to employee health and satisfaction, according to Sue
Peterson, M.S., manager of employee health and wellness at Microsoft
Corp., Redmond, Wash.
concepts in ergonomics does not have to be complicated or expensive,
Peterson said. She suggested several simple tips for making the
workplace safer and more pleasant, such as:
basic healthy living tips to employees
healthy snacks in the staff lounge instead of sweet treats
as much adjustable work equipment as possible, such as shelving, chairs
lighting in office settings to reduce computer screen glare
measures can help keep employees more comfortable, and in turn, more
productive at their jobs, Peterson said. "No one likes to be hurting at
work. If you feel better, you work more effectively."
influx of constant communication and longer hours spent on the job,
worksite stress is more likely to occur than ever, and should be
reduced as much as possible through proper ergonomics to help prevent
burnout and improve morale, Peterson said she also emphasized the
importance of overall health and the role it can play on the job.
The American College of Sports Medicine, P.O. Box 1440, Indianapolis,
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