Official figures out from the Office of National Statistics show the UK is lagging behind other major economies in terms of productivity. We are relying on falling wages to keep us competitive in the international market, which is unsustainable, and hardly a real basis for competitiveness. Rather than increasing efficiency, we are looking to cut costs.
When a company isn’t thriving, managers also tend to go panicky and turn to cost-cutting as the first – and possibly only – solution, instead of the more constructive approach of investment or re-structuring. The irony is that trimming costs can end up indirectly affecting many positive aspects of the company that safeguard long-term efficiency and growth, rather than short-term financial results.
For example, investing in ergonomic furniture for employees will actually improve their productivity – but, in a flurry of cost-cutting, investments like this are usually the first to go. Embracing an ergonomic approach takes a degree of financial commitment that managers shy away from when every penny counts – which is precisely when they should be more seriously considering these options.
A holistic approach to employee health and productivity will include a careful assessment of each person’s working style and physical requirements, and encompass the ‘sit/stand’ philosophy as well as supporting products – for example, a height-adjustable desk, a saddle-type chair, and relevant accessories like a laptop arm, or separate keyboard.
Ergonomics can really contribute to a company’s – and a nation’s! – economic growth and prosperity! If you’d like to find out how it can help your business, please contact us for more information.