Not Apocalypse now, But Workplace Safety is Top Agenda
Ergonomic cubicles could save companies $20 million annually on worker’s compensation
Rushing to offices in the spur of the morning or having exhausted the eyes after a 9-hour shift, employees are always at the risk of some fatal accident or the other. Sitting for a collective 8-13 hours a day increases the likelihood of a human body to develop diseases such as obesity, diabetes & musculoskeletal problems. And no matter how complacent we may feel as we read this, preventive measures ought to be implemented to work effectively at offices. A duty of the facility managers & responsibility of the workers.
Seats, not recliners
Working at a stretch is tedious, granted. Yet, treating your seats as recliner beds is something we’ll advise against. In fact, sitting back-straight makes you happier, confident and risk averse, says science. Exercising your hands by stretching would help avoid carpal tunnel syndrome, something that typing intensive profiles should make wary of.
Look before you turn
Ensure that there are clear markings all over the office floor, advise the housekeeping staff to follow the same. These could be simple Entry/Exit signs to fire extinguishers, stairs, Danger-Ahead etc. On top of that, educate your team to follow up with you in case a signage or suited action in needed but missing.
Take a break, you’ve earned it
People don’t realize while working on something important, for how long they have been glued to their screens. But smart work involves micro-managing your schedule, so do it! Those tasks you think to require maximum care, take them up in slots when you are bound to be the freshest. First thing in the morning kind of chores, but it's tested and it works.
While routine maintenance is the job of housekeeping, regular drills and training is the job of your supervisors. Many companies include such programs during onboarding as a formality but dump the idea afterward. What they don’t realize is that preventing even a single accident could save them as high as $40,000.
Ensuring the well-being of employees goes far beyond just the above-mentioned tips. Crossing roads recklessly, riding without helmets and what not. If the official authorities pay a little attention to the inherent dangers of the same, they could save themselves & their employees a lot of worries.