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5 Easy Ways to Boost Company Culture

5 Easy Ways to Boost Company Culture

Ergonomics Blog: 5 Ways to Boost Company Culture


“About 24.7 million people in the USA or an equivalent of 19% of the total workers are not happy at their job.”
Gallup.com

The number of people in jobs that they don’t feel comfortable in is increasing and companies are starting to look for ways to keep their employees happy and healthy in the workplace.

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Company culture is an important element in ensuring that the organization runs in harmony and the employees are happy. In this blog article, we’ll explain how to improve company culture starting with 5 easy tips.

1. Promote a culture of flexibility.

A lot of companies with strong company culture are flexible in the way their employees work. The hours at which employees work are flexible to allow them to attend other commitments like family. It’s not only hours, working at home, in the lounge, or the coffee bar are also options.

There is also flexibility in the manner of dressing where workers are not tied to wearing traditional office attire. There is however a caution in this statement as office decency must be maintained.

2. Reward innovative ideas.

Strong company culture can reward hard work and achievements by the workers. It can also reward workers who have an innovative answer to the company issues. As a manager, encourage innovation days where teams come up with ideas which can be implemented.

3. Consider families of workers for improving work culture.

A worker is made up of themselves as well as their family. As a company manager or office administrator, you should incorporate your office schedule with those of families. An open day for families should be encouraged as well as providing space for nursing mothers.

4. Encourage communication and teamwork.

The basic element of cohesion in an office is teamwork. To ensure the company has a culture that is intact, ensure the team fits into a family.

Maintain communication amongst team members, as a breakdown of communication puts a team’s strategy in jeopardy. Ensure everyone is in the know and promote workers talking to each other, not at each other.

5. Invest in your employee’s well-being.

Whether it’s performing an ergonomics assessment for a better workstation or installing an office gym, when you invest in your employee’s well-being, both the company and the employees win.

Office employees will appreciate any investment that is made to improve their work life. When companies invest into ensuring that employees have a healthy, safe, and productive workplace, companies receive a spike in productivity and happiness. According to the University of Warwick, “happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers proved 10% less productive.”

In conclusion.

Company culture is essential in ensuring workers see a workplace as a viable place to spend quality time of their life. How an office manager treats workers dictates the survival rates of their organization.

As an office manager, you should learn how to improve company culture. The workers feel the need to belong to an organization that takes care of them.

If you are not an office administrator or manager, we suggest contacting your office’s human resource department to see about conducting an ergonomics assessment to determine how to best combat too much sitting in the workplace.

For more guidance on all work related health and safety issues, visit SolutionsNW.com or Contact Us for ergonomics guidance. Subscribe to our ergonomics blog for more ergonomics tips from Solutions Northwest Inc., ergonomics consultants located in: Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, Olympia, WA, Vancouver, WA, Kent, WA Renton, WA, Beaverton, OR, Portland, OR, Salem, OR, San Diego, CA, Carlsbad, CA, La Jolla, CA, Irvine, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, Newport Beach, CA.

The True Cost of Sitting Down All Day at Work

The True Cost of Sitting Down All Day at Work

Ergonomics Tips: The True Cost of Sitting Down All Day at Work

“Sedentary time — even among physically active people — may be associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and more.”American Heart Association

Does your office have staff that needs to spend eight or more hours a day in a chair? Even those passionate about their jobs suffer from sitting all day. The key to avoiding back pain and other costly ailments is to get your staff up and moving.

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Unconvinced about the importance of getting your employees out of their seats? Keep reading below for a guide on how sitting down all day is costing you and your employees money.

We sit a lot.

Research says on average; we sit for nine hours a day. Most of those parked behind a computer for work, but also leisure like tv watching or smart phone browsing.

While we may not realize this is a problem, it is. Our bodies are designed for activity.

Sitting down decreases our daily burn.

We don’t burn nearly as many calories when sitting as compared to exercise or even walking. Digestion is also not as efficient when we sit. Facts like these mean it is easy to put on weight. Pair this with office snacking, before you know it you could gain ten pounds.

In addition to slowing our metabolism and limiting our calorie burning, sitting all day impacts our muscles.

When we sit, we aren’t using our muscles as they are intended. This leaves our muscles weaker than normal, ultimately increasing our chances of injury from falls or strain when we are active.

Correlations between sitting and disease.

Consequences of sitting for extended periods go beyond just excess weight gain. Several diseases are more common in those who live sedentary lives.

Made worse by poor posture, too much sitting can wreak havoc on your back. Disc compression and sciatica are two of the most common ailments. Deep vein thrombosis can also become a concern.

For those of us working at a computer, stiff necks and shoulders are often a daily struggle.

One easy remedy for many of these issues is to invest in an ergonomics assessment to ensure all equipment is ideal for keeping your staff safe and injury free.

In conclusion.

It should now be clear: sitting down all day isn’t healthy. It’s unhealthy and can cost billions in negative consequences.

You don’t have to make drastic changes and start hitting the gym at 5 AM to counteract the effects of sitting either. Investing in proper equipment, such as ergonomic workstations and peripherals or instilling daily office walks is an easy way to get started. Not only will walks keep people active, but it will also be a great chance to socialize, which is great for workers as well.

If you are not an office administrator or manager, we suggest contacting your office’s human resource department to see about conducting an ergonomics assessment to determine how to best combat too much sitting in the workplace.

For more guidance on all work related health and safety issues, visit SolutionsNW.com or Contact Us for ergonomics guidance. Subscribe to our ergonomics blog for more ergonomics tips from Solutions Northwest Inc., ergonomics consultants located in: Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, Olympia, WA, Vancouver, WA, Kent, WA Renton, WA, Beaverton, OR, Portland, OR, Salem, OR, San Diego, CA, Carlsbad, CA, La Jolla, CA, Irvine, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, Newport Beach, CA.

Solutions Northwest Inc. is excited to announce our Portland Oregon Corporate Offices.

Solutions Northwest Inc. is excited to announce our Portland Oregon Corporate Offices.

Starting 2019, our ergonomics experts are establishing an additional corporate office in Portland, Oregon.  Our Portland corporate offices will be located at 21 One World Trade Center, 121 Southwest Salmon Street, 11th Floor, Portland, OR 97204.

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Our current service areas for Oregon include: Beaverton, OR, Portland, OR, Salem, OR, and all nearby cities.

At Solutions Northwest Inc., we are excited to continue offering options for our customers seeking ergonomics consultations, ergonomics assessments, and an injury free work space in the Portland, Oregon area. Our mission is to prevent workplace conditions and injuries from developing and to intervene when prevention has stumbled.

Solutions Northwest, Inc. offers the resources of highly skilled and experienced Ergonomics Consultants who are exceedingly accomplished in their field. Our associates are practitioners who have been screened for their understanding of injury prevention and intervention principles and for how they have integrated this understanding into their respective disciplines and practices.

If your Portland, Oregon area office is interested in an ergonomics assessment or consultation, contact us at our website or give us a call at 503-768-9742.

Our Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. are  expanding their reach to San Diego, California.

Our Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. are expanding their reach to San Diego, California.

Starting 2019, our ergonomics experts are expanding their reach to San Diego, California and Orange County, California.  Our San Diego Corporate HQ will be located at 501 West Broadway Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101.

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Our new service areas will include: San Diego County, Carlsbad, CA La Jolla, CA, Irvine, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, Newport Beach, CA, and Orange County, California.

At Solutions Northwest Inc., we are excited to offer more options for our customers seeking ergonomics consultations, ergonomics assessments, and an injury free work space in the San Diego area. Our mission is to prevent workplace conditions and injuries from developing and to intervene when prevention has stumbled.

Solutions Northwest, Inc. offers the resources of highly skilled and experienced Ergonomics Consultants who are exceedingly accomplished in their field. Our associates are practitioners who have been screened for their understanding of injury prevention and intervention principles and for how they have integrated this understanding into their respective disciplines and practices.

If your San Diego office is interested in an ergonomics assessment, contact us at our website or give us a call at 858-322-2051.

5 Ways to Persuade Your Boss to Have an Ergonomics Workstation Assessment

5 Ways to Persuade Your Boss to Have an Ergonomics Workstation Assessment

Post By: Solutions Northwest, Inc.
Ergonomics Experts serving Washington, Oregon, and California

You love your job but wish your company would incorporate an ergonomic workstation. Here’s how to convince your boss it’s not a luxury but a matter of health.

Modern working environments don’t always support our bodies or minds. For example, sitting at a desk and typing away five days a week for eight hours straight can be taxing on your body. 

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Assessing your workstation to make it suitable for a human being is the first step and the next is tailoring it to your own specific body. Not only will employees benefit from an ergonomics assessment, but so will the entire company.

However, some bosses or managers can’t see the whole picture. Some bosses may think uniformity, and streamlined workspaces are more cost-efficient, but they are often incorrect. We’re going to cover a few ideas of how you can persuade your boss to allow an ergonomic workstation assessment.

How to Persuade Your Boss for an Ergonomic Workstation Assessment

Sometimes we must speak up to get what we need at work. Here’s what you can try:

1. Prepare your reasoning with facts.

There are a lot of solid arguments for ergonomic adjustments to your workspace. They are often backed by solid research and biological explanations as to why humans shouldn’t sit for long periods of time, for example. 

Research shows that having an ergonomic workstation will improve the quality of work you do, employees will be happier, and it will save the company money in the long run with less injury and better productivity. Explore our Ergonomics Blog for plenty of facts to back up your reasoning.

2. Supply options for ergonomics consultants.

Go online and do your research. Prepare a list of local ergonomics consultants that your boss can choose from. This will make it easier to get the conversation started and show that you’re serious about getting an ergonomics assessment for your workstation as soon as possible.

3. Cite personal health.

If you have a history of back problems, you can use that as a perfectly reasonable argument for having an ergonomic update. 

You don’t necessarily need to have medical information to back that claim up, either. A reasonable employer will take you at your word and support your health.

4. Discuss the business benefits.

There’s a growing body of evidence that performing an ergonomics assessment on your workstation will save the company money. According to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industry, “on average an ergonomics assessment will pay for itself in about 8.4 months.”

The reasoning makes sense, an ergonomic workstation leads to less injury, more efficient work, happier employees, and better overall job performance.

5. Talk with Your Doctor

The final resort could be obtaining a doctor’s note for legitimate medical concerns.

Having support from a medical professional should be enough to warrant improvements to your workspace.

In conclusion.

An ergonomic workstation is something that many of us need. Ideally, we would all work in spaces that were optimal for our health. A solid understanding of health concerns and different options available to you will be a huge help in your search to find ergonomic improvements that support your lifestyle.

Explore our site for more help and information on ergonomics. To keep up with the newest trends in office safety and the ergonomics industry subscribe to our blog.

These 5 ergonomics tips come courtesy of  Solutions Northwest Inc., ergonomics consultants and work safety experts located in Washington State, San Diego,  California, Oregon, Seattle, Olympia, Tacoma, and Portland.

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