Employee fatigue from prolonged standing is a major issue in the workplace that can lead to reduced productivity, increased risk of injury, and costly workers’ compensation claims. As an employer, it is your duty to provide a comfortable & safe work environment for employees. So how can you help reduce standing fatigue in the workplace? We’ll give you a hint; it goes beyond having a coffee machine in the breakroom.
Implementing anti-fatigue mats at employee workstations is a proven safety measure many companies, especially those in the manufacturing or food processing industries, have implemented to reduce employee fatigue from prolonged standing.
Below we explore the many benefits of anti-fatigue mats and their role in workplace safety.
Improve Employee Health & Safety
Standing on hard surfaces, such as a concrete floor in a warehouse, can cause employees to constantly shift their weight and posture to alleviate discomfort, leading to poor posture and a higher risk of injury. It has also been reported that working in a standing position for a prolonged period of time can cause the following health issues:
- Low back pain
- Muscle fatigue
- Stiff joints, neck, and shoulders
- Varicose veins
- And more
Anti-fatigue mats are designed to provide a cushioned surface that reduces pressure on employees’ feet, legs, and backs and promotes correct blood flow. When placed at employee workstations, these special mats can help reduce fatigue and discomfort and decrease the overall risk of injury.
Reduce Costly Workers’ Compensation Claims
Because of the many health issues associated with prolonged standing, employees are often at a greater risk for workplace injuries. The supportive structure that anti-fatigue mats provide can help reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries caused by standing for long periods of time. This can save employees from workplace injuries and employers from costly workers’ compensation claims and lost production time and costs.
Improve Employee Retention & Morale
Providing a comfortable and safe work environment is important in improving employee retention and morale. Workers who are constantly uncomfortable and fatigued are likelier to be unhappy with their employer. Employers can show their commitment to employee well-being and safety by investing in anti-fatigue mats. Additionally, increased employee morale and retention lead to an overall better workplace culture and reputation for your company.
Ready to implement anti-fatigue mats in your facility? Roscoe has a variety of floor mat rental options that provide comfort and increased safety for your employees. Contact one of our knowledgeable representatives today!