Ergonomics: Worth the cost?

If we were to ask you, “are ergonomics important?” You’d probably answer, “sure, no doubt.”

If we then asked you if ergonomics were worth the costs, would you hesitate?

The fact is, ergonomically correct furniture is a huge benefit to your company’s costs and production.

Statistics show that 70 percent of the nation’s workforce is sitting at the office, and most of those people are staring into computers all day. So the fact is, well-designed workspaces are more important than ever.

It boils down to this: In the long run, ergonomic workspaces reduce costs, improve revenue and show your employees you’re doing the right thing for them.


Reduce costs

The costs of poor ergonomics is staggering. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 650,000 work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Those disorders result in more than 20 billion dollars in costs to employers in the form of Worker’s Compensation and medical expenses.

Here’s a few more stats to consider:

—    $1 of every $3 of Worker’s Compensation costs are spent on occupational musculoskeletal disorders

—    Employers pay $15-20 billion per year in Worker’s Compensation for lost workdays

—    Worker’s Compensation claims per injury equal $29,000 – $32,000 per year.

These numbers don’t even take into the fact the money office injuries cost in the form of absenteeism, replacement, retraining and overall productivity. For more great statistics and information, check out this article by

ios2Improve revenue, a dedicated staff

There’s no better return on investment than helping your staff perform at its highest level. The more they can be healthy and doing their jobs, the better your whole company operates. That goes a huge way toward your bottom line on a daily, weekly and annual basis.

That same article referenced earlier by Sound Ergonomics shows an interesting cost analysis. It shows that the cost of doing nothing (based on injury statistics) can result in well over $700,000 in expenses to your business, through everything from absenteeism, worker’s comp, hiring new employees, etc.

Meanwhile, the cost of investing in good ergonomic office furniture is less than $200,000.

That’s pretty simple math.

But it doesn’t just boil down to money. The fact you are investing in your employees’ health isn’t going to be lost on them. You dedicating time and money into their well-being is going to let them know they mean something to you and your company. That’s going to make them more dedicated to helping your company meet goals on a regular basis.

How valuable is that?


Ergonomics can be a great asset to your company in the long run. Why? Because it makes your employees’ health a top priority and there is no better an investment for your company. A good, healthy staff that can continue to produce at a high rate is what will set you apart from the competition.

IOS1Innovative Office Solutions understands ergonomics and its importance to your company. Our certified designers will help you select the right furniture and will design your ergonomically safe office around your goals and expectations. Get a free quote today from IOS and let us create a virtual rendering of what your new workspace today.

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