What is ergonomics? You’ve probably heard that word a lot, but do you know what it means? In short, ergonomics is the study of posture and motion efficiency. So, armed with that knowledge, how can you look at your operations and job tasks and apply ergonomics to make the workplace safer for your employees and customers?
An easy example of ergonomics is designing a job task or area so employees don’t have to put themselves in unsafe body positions or lift large amounts of weight, which could cause a strain injury. Ergonomics is especially important because people change as they age, but job tasks often remain the same.
Stocking product can be one of the more strenuous tasks of a retail employee, and the size and weight can change with each box coming out of the stockroom. Training employees in proper lifting practices can help save them from an injury, and it’s always a good idea to do some basic stretches at the beginning of each work day.
Here are six ergonomic tips related to stocking product:
With proper planning and employee training, you will be well on your way to having an ergonomically friendly and safer environment for your employees and customers to enjoy.
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