Work-induced illnesses and injuries cost employers a hefty amount of money every year. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are among the most common and the most costly claims businesses face. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates MSDs account for $1 in every $3 dollars spent on workers' compensation.
MSDs can be caused by sitting or standing in an unhealthy position for extend periods of time and performing repetitive motions. These disorders are common among office workers who sit and type incorrectly throughout the day. Carpal tunnel syndrome, a common MSD often associated with poor typing habits, is particularly costly for employers because it's a chronic condition.
To keep employees healthy and avoid expensive medical costs, companies can invest in business furniture that helps workers take care of their bodies throughout the day.
Employees suffering from back, neck or shoulder pain are likely sitting incorrectly. Ergonomic chairs adapt to the user's body so he or she can sit comfortably and avoid having to hunch, lean or reach to see his or her computer screen and touch the keyboard.
Meanwhile, it's a good idea to make sure conference tables and desks aren't too low or high so employees can perform tasks in a healthy manner.
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