Employee Welfare - The Productivity Trigger
EMPLOYEE WELFARE DEFINED
When the employer offers facilities, benefits and an array of services to the employee it is often connoted as employee welfare. These measures could well include monetary benefits or may even be offered in kind.
To illustrate some of the more commonly offered employee welfare benefits may include the likes of transportation, allowances, housing, food and even medical insurance.
The primary objective is to enhance and improve the quality of life for the employee. Thus it is not surprising that value driven organisations invariably explore options in an endeavour to improve employee welfare.
Some of the more popular benefits being that it can lead to a motivated and delighted employee which invariably translates into higher productivity and lower employee turnovers. Concurrently it is now evident that organisations that continue to improve employee welfare measures invariably emerge as a value added organization which can translate into a higher confidence level amongst potential customers and hence leads to better profits.
ENHANCED EMPLOYEE WELFARE
If you are wondering as to how to improve employee welfare then you would in all probability explore the viability of improving the working environment. One of the most effective ways of improving the workplace environment continues to be by modifying the worker environment interface. This is best achieved by procuring ergonomically designed workstations and chairs which can improve employee comfort and well-being and thus help improve employee welfare.
Ergonomically designed chairs are created by intent considering that it takes years of research and studying the body movements so as to identify specific stress points and potential problem areas. To illustrate the case in point one of the most common problems associated with working in a seated position for extended periods of time is low back pain. The condition could lead to painful movements and unhappy employees. Ensuring an employee is working without pain and is comfortable will have a large effect on their overall happiness in work. Thus when ergonomically designed chairs with a lumbar support are used it could lead alleviation of symptoms. If the employee sits for long periods, then it is of course important for them to have a chair that moves with them and offers them a number of safe working positions. Ergonomics is about safely optimising movement and increasing comfort levels, if you enable your employees to work better, this will increase their productivity and reduce their over all stress levels. If they can do all of this in comfort, of course it will improve the overall welfare of employees.
NOISE AND WELFARE
Noise in the workplace can be an irritant which impairs productivity and efficiency levels. This can lead to demotivated or unhappy employees. Thus it is not surprising that noise control is an integral component of any ergonomic plan. All that you would need to do is to eradicate the source, use an alternative quieter option or even minimize noise levels by design modification. One of the more popular and relatively simpler options is to ensure that the vacant spaces in the office are minimised and keeping acoustics in mind when designing the workspace.
Although ergonomics have helped enhance employee welfare there is a contrasting school of thought which is of the opinion that ergonomics does not always lead to tangible benefits. This could well be attributed to the fact that ergonomics is rarely implemented as a structured program. On the contrary some may introduce an ergonomically designed chair or noise dampener and would consider it as an employee welfare measure.
This could not be further from the truth considering the fact that ergonomics returns tangible benefits once it is introduced as a well-structured ergonomic program which may also include the likes of ergonomically designed furniture, lighting, noise reduction techniques. The key however is not only looking at ergonomic furniture which is only one component. Ergonomics is about the fit between the employees, the overall workspace, the furniture and equipment they use and job design. If you implement sound ergonomics in all of these areas, you will see the benefits for your employees and as a result for your bottom line.
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