After reading the title of this blog post you may be asking yourself, ‘What has Ergonomics go to do with Wellbeing?’ This question may be followed by ‘What is Ergonomics?’, but maybe the most important question should be ‘How does Ergonomics improve Productivity?’
In a globalised economy with ever more competitive business environments, organisations need to find the edge to improve productivity. In this context, this blog post looks at the relationship between ergonomics, wellbeing and productivity.
As part of Fellowes’ ongoing campaign to boost workplace wellbeing, we’ve teamed up with psychologist Kevin Tobin to help you understand the factors that can help you identify and manage stress.
We all know that when we’re stressed for a long period of time it starts to affect our wellbeing. We feel we can’t cope, life starts to feel heavy and even our bodies can start to suffer with symptoms.
Research shows us that short periods of intense pressure can be coped with and can even be productive.
However, if this perceived external pressure continues for too long (and this is different for us all and at different times for us all), we will experience negative health and reduced coping.
The good news is that with positive thinking and healthy strategies, we can build our resilience and ability to manage stress.
The work environment and job satisfaction are intrinsically linked. What an employee thinks about their workstation, their office, and how their wellbeing is valued will undoubtedly influence how long they plan to stay in a role.
Fellowes research supports this assertion. According to our paper,A Little Movement for Big Success , almost a third of all employees would quit their jobs because of the negative effects their working environment is having on their health. And over half of managers think they’ve lost employees for the same reason.
The way that your workers view health and wellbeing on a personal and professional level is becoming increasingly intertwined.
This is especially true given the ever-changing nature and expectations of today’s workforce. From global teams working around the clock, to flexible and mobile workers who are ‘always on’ and ‘always connected’, the lines between work and home continue to blur. All the while, there is pressure to be more productive.
Whether it’s using their own wearable device to monitor the number of stairs they climb between meetings, or joining a conference call from the treadmill in the company gym, employees are taking the right steps towards a healthier and more active lifestyle. Why? Because it helps them to perform at their best.
An increasing number of businesses are turning to workplace wellness initiatives to improve benefits for their employees. Already two-thirds of European companies have introduced enhanced wellbeing initiatives.[ii]