Anti-fatigue mats: Do they really boost workplace productivity?
Many businesses require their employees to stand for long periods of time, for example on assembly lines, behind counters in supermarkets or shops, or at workstations. Unfortunately, this prolonged standing can lead to discomfort in the back, legs and feet and can lead to numerous disorders. Employees who have to experience this sort of discomfort can also become fatigued and may have a difficult time performing their job efficiently.
Studies reported in the American Medical Association Journal (JAMA) indicate that lost worker productivity due to standing for long time periods costs more than $60 billion annually in the US. In many cases absenteeism isn’t to blame, just poor work performance due to employees’ discomfort from standing in one place for too long. It’s estimated that more than 3.5 hours per week are lost or about 23 days a year due to this lack of productivity.
How do anti-fatigue mats work?
Anti-fatigue mats cushion and soften the impact of standing on hard concrete floors and work by encouraging the subtle movement of the leg and calf muscles which promotes an easier flow of blood back to the heart. Anti-fatigue mats provide a comfortable work environment so employees can get on with their jobs without the distraction of discomfort. Employees will also experience greater job satisfaction and as is widely known - happy workers are more productive workers.
Research backs use of anti-fatigue mats to improve health and productivity
Much scientific research supports the belief that anti-fatigue mats help to mitigate the risks of standing for long periods of time. A study entitled Standing Smart compared the effects of standing on anti-fatigue mats over a period of time, compared with standing without them. The conclusion was that the mats helped to correct the dysfunction in balance which a person experiences when standing for long periods of time, helping to both reduce discomfort and likelihood of developing a Lower Limb Disorder. Another study reported in Compliance Magazine found clear evidence that the installation of anti-fatigue matting systems resulted in a 2.2 percent increase in worker productivity, 50% of this increase coming from lower absenteeism, 50% from fewer injuries.
Pittman stock a wide variety of anti-fatigue mats which can be used in wet or dry areas and can often be cut to any length required. Linear length mats are ideal for using alongside workstations and at assembly lines, while modular tiles can be used to create different widths or lengths to suit all size of areas. The Airug is a bestseller of ours, ideal for single workers in retail or warehouse premises. For use in heavy duty areas Cushion Trax is another popular choice, with its tough checker plate anti-slip surface staying the distance for many years, making an economical choice for airports, workshops and baggage handling areas.
To find out more about these and our other economical and hard wearing anti-fatigue mats contact us today by dropping us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01 531 2777.