Office ergonomics is the study of how the person is working and its aim is to drastically reduce pain and discomfort by ensuring that the persons environment is set up correctly. It could be as simple as the way in which a person sits at their desk or the position of the desk in relation to the chair. It is estimated that only 1 in 8 of the injuries office workers suffer are reported often times because they do not make the association. In some cases they simply take sick leave and assume that the issue will go away.
It is important for organisations to have an office ergonomics strategy that goes beyond having an untrained internal member of staff perform some minor checks. A well structure office ergonomics program will always pay for itself by helping to increase productivity and reduce sick leave due to injury. Organisations should also ensure that they provide ergonomic office advice to staff as employers are responsible for staff injuries obtained while working regardless of where the injuries occur.