The Economics of Ergonomics for Small Businesses

As a small business owner, no job is too big or too small. Today, you’re on your way to the office supply store. With two new hires starting on Monday and all of your work stations filled, you need new furniture so they can get to work.

Your business is growing, but you are still cost-conscious. As you consider two styles of desk chairs, the less expensive option might seem like the better deal. But price alone doesn’t tell the whole story for what is good for your business in the long run. Consider the economics of ergonomics, which accounts for the potential risks and costs of back injuries, strains and sprains and other medical conditions that proper office equipment may help prevent.

The less expensive chair offers an immediate bottom-line boost, but choosing the chair that will increase employee comfort, decrease ergonomic risk and help reduce injury ultimately could cost your company less. Ergonomic measures may help reduce lost work time due to injuries, medical expenses and workers compensation costs, while saving the time associated with finding and training workers to replace injured experienced employees. READ MORE

~ SOURCE: The Travelers Indemnity Company

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