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Embracing Age-Positive Ergonomics: Paving the Way for a Healthier, Longer Work Life!

With more and more people choosing to, or having to work later into their lives, there are some critical factors we need to consider.

The Age-Inclusive Workforce:
Our workplaces are evolving, and the age of retirement is shifting. It’s time for businesses to recognise the incredible value and experience older employees bring to the table. Age should never be a barrier; it should be an asset but age has always been linked to health issues. This can’t be an area which we ignore until people are in an older age bracket, we need to see companies shifting focus with all staff at a younger age and preventing problems rather than looking for a band aid to fix existing issues.

Promoting Wellbeing Early On:
Wellbeing and health initiatives therefore shouldn’t be an afterthought. Companies should start promoting them from day one. The sooner we create a culture of health and wellbeing and educate around areas like ergonomics, the more effectively we can enable people to work for longer, healthier, and happier lives.

The Role of Technology:
It’s a game-changer when it comes to aging ergonomics. We have the power to automate and simplify repetitive tasks, reducing physical strain and cognitive load. Companies working with people to create a new appetite for life long learning is key here. If we can encourage people to up-skill we can remove barriers to using things like AI to help take repetition and strain out of our business.

Removing Repetitive Tasks:
Can we eliminate repetitive tasks? While technology can help reduce repetitive work, some tasks may always require a human touch. It’s about finding the right balance, implementing ergonomic solutions, and empowering employees to make choices that benefit their wellbeing.

Are you already making changes in your business around ergonomic design and health initiatives to ensure that we can help keep people in work for longer and gain the benefit of highly experienced team members?

Nichola Adams

Founder of Inspired Ergonomics

Nichola Adams, MSc Health Ergonomics, Tech CIEHF, ACPOHE Reg Member, is the Founder of Inspired Ergonomics.

Nichola is a specialist in back pain disorders in the workplace. Inspired Ergonomics regularly provides consultancy services to leading UK and International companies on how to reduce and prevent back pain in the workplace as well as working with rehabilitation companies.

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