Although perception studies have proven workers feel much better when they use anti-fatigue mats, Wearwell wanted to go a step further and prove that anti-fatigue matting actually increases worker productivity- resulting in real saving for the company. This study examines the bottom-line impact of using anti-fatigue matting and essentially proves a positive return on investment (ROI).
Wearwell’s 12-month ergonomics study was designed to answer several questions:
- Does standing on the job contribute to fatigue?
- Does the use of anti-fatigue matting lessen standing workers’ fatigue?
- Can using anti-fatigue matting be linked to increased worker productivity?
- Can anti-fatigue matting generate cost savings?
The company used in the study was a manufacturer of commercial ovens. It was the largest and “best” in terms of wages and benefits employer in a 30-mile radius, but with a high injury rate and a high rate of absenteeism- as high as 10% on Mondays.
- Their current work surface (i.e. concrete)
- The overall level of fatigue before and after their shift
- The fatigue and discomfort level of their legs and feet before and after their shift
Once the matting was installed, the workers then completed that same questionnaire on a monthly basis for 12 months. The workers’ perceptions were very clear. The participants felt considerably less fatigued before and after work when using anti-fatigue mats. In addition, the “at risk” areas of their bodies, such as legs, feet, and lower back, were much more comfortable when anti-fatigue mats were used.
The numbers prove it. Through this study, Wearwell was able to prove that anti-fatigue matting is good for employees and good for the business. The company studied realized a cost savings of $360,000 over the course of the one year study.
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