Improve company culture by protecting your workforce with wearables for the workforce
The old adage really is true: your employees are your most valuable asset.
In this era of silent quits and high turnover, creating a corporate culture that values quality of life has never been more important. Your employees are not only a representation of your organization, they are your organization – if they are hurting or upset, your business will feel it.
When someone is hurting, their priorities and values at work and in life change to reflect these new challenges. This is especially true for industries that require physically demanding work, as frequent lifting and bending takes its toll on a person’s body.
Considering the importance of keeping your employees happy and healthy, two big questions are:
• How can you protect your employees while keeping them productive?
• How do you create a culture that values an honest day at work while knowing that your people also want to enjoy life outside of work?
Back problems are really big problems
Repetitive lifting, bending, and awkward postures cause physical fatigue. there is no doubt. But physical fatigue can turn into injuries and debilitating chronic conditions such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which have a dramatic impact on both individual workers and their businesses.
Here are some alarming MSD statistics from ErgoPlus:
• They cause direct costs of $20 billion per year – indirect costs are estimated at $54 billion.
• According to OSHA, your business needs nearly $9 million in sales to offset $250,000 in MSD costs.
• They cause 33% of workers’ compensation claims.
• Back problems account for nearly 50% of all MSDs.
There are many other statistics that all tell the same story: a back problem is a very big problem. And if your workers feel overwhelmed by discomfort, fatigue, and pain, they’re more likely to mentally disengage from their jobs or leave the organization for their own sake.
So what can you do? Take action
As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words.
Boosting the performance and morale of your workers (and improving your company culture) starts with protecting their bodies and improving their quality of life, which will likely create a sense of pride in their organization.
This investment in your workforce is now much more feasible, thanks to modern work-related technology, such as the new class of wearables for the workforce. This product category includes things like augmented reality goggles and motion sensors, but also includes a new generation of comfortable, soft-shell exosuits designed to improve worker well-being by physically assisting them with these movements. grueling throughout a shift.
Exosuits can help reduce back pain, providing much-needed support to combat MSDs while maintaining the range of motion needed to get the job done productively. Lightweight exosuits can be worn as simply as clothing – some users have said they feel like an extension of their uniform.
“When you show you care about people, that’s what keeps people back,” said a warehouse worker who piloted a back-assisted exosuit. “Everyone here, we are all in pain. We all hurt. It doesn’t matter how healthy you are, how tall you are, none of those things. We are all tired. We all hurt. But for the first time in a long time, I won’t hurt leaving this building [because of the exosuit.]”
Support and empower workers
Over the past few years, exosuits have become increasingly popular in various industries. From logistics to manufacturing and construction, even the US Army is piloting an exosuit to help combat back pain and fatigue in soldiers. One of the main reasons for the increase in adoption is the results companies are seeing: reduced worker discomfort and improved worker performance.
“It makes my back feel a lot better at the end of the day,” said another worker who piloted an exosuit. “It reduces fatigue in my muscles.”
Exosuits show your employees that your organization values them as a person, not just as an anonymous employee paid to perform a task. Taking action by implementing these life-changing wearables transforms your company culture into something tangible that speaks louder than empty words.
Your organization depends on the health and happiness of your staff. When your workers suffer, your business also feels the pain. Ultimately, if you have your team’s back, they’re more likely to have yours.
Mark Harris is the CEO and co-founder of HeroWear, an exosuit technology provider for working men and women. He previously founded Concert Genetics.