Thursday, December 29, 2016 09:00 AM


When you think about maintaining a healthy work force, you probably think about providing health insurance for your employees, encouraging them to use sick days when necessary and maybe even starting a wellness program or an informal weight-loss challenge. There’s something else you can do to keep employees healthy that pays off for both you and your staff: setting up an ergonomic office.

Ergonomics is the process of designing work tools to fit the needs of the humans using them. An office that’s ergonomically set up can reduce the chances of your employees suffering repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis or back strain, that occurs when people make the same motions over and over. Ergonomic practices keep your employees healthy, make them more productive in the long term, and lessen your risk of being hit with a workers’ compensation lawsuit.

Ergonomics Tips for a Healthy Workplace Environment

Here are some specific ergonomics tips to use when creating a healthy workplace environment:

Provide Proper Lighting

In addition to ceiling lights, make sure employees have adequate task lighting for their work. You can put spot lighting underneath cubicle shelving to shed light on the desk, or get adjustable desk lamps that let employees ...

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