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In this year’s VelocityEHS Ergonomics Virtual Conference, the second session of the day, hosted by Rick Barker, CPE, CSP, and presented by Blake McGowan, CPE, shared the key points of Communicating the Value of Ergonomics to Business Stakeholders.

This presentation shared the language and metrics you should use to communicate with stakeholders, highlighting how ergonomics adds value, enhances operational and financial performance, and improves employee well-being.  

McGowan explains in the session that, “ergonomics aligns the workplace with people’s capabilities, yielding improved employee well-being and enhanced business performance.” 

Implementing a strong ergonomics process at any scale can have a huge positive impact on employees and the organization, but the effort required for such a program is often hard to validate to C-suite members. 

Bridging the Communication Gap 

Business stakeholders often lack awareness of the benefits of ergonomics due to ineffective communication. Data bridges this gap, being the language of the C-suite, showcasing connections between implementing ergonomics and positive outcomes like reduced absenteeism, turnover, injuries and more. And it’s important to keep in mind that C-suite folks are busy, so being able to share that hard data quickly and effectively makes a big difference. 

Communicating Strong Ergonomics Data  

Read on to learn the most influential statistics shared in the session, and then watch the session on-demand to learn how these results were achieved.  

After implementing a facility-focused ergonomics initiative, sites found: 

  • 35% reduction in first-aid cases 
  • 50% reduction in modified duty cases 
  • 75% reduction in long-term sickness absences 
  • 23% reduction in casual absenteeism 
  • 93% reduction in the duration of long-term sickness absences 

After implementing a participatory ergonomics corporate initiative, organizations found: 

  • 70% reduction in ergonomics recordable injuries 
  • 50% reduction in lost-time cases 
  • 50% reduction in workers’ compensation claims 
  • 25% reduction in lost-time claims costs 

Watch the session now and take a look at the other insightful sessions from the Ergonomics Virtual Conference.