Companies do not always realize they need to protect their employees from the risk of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace and do not always shop for ergonomics work aids. These conditions affect tendons, nerves and muscles and are the most common reason for people missing time out of work. Having to sit at a desk without stretching, moving or breaks for long periods of time can do serious damage to the body.
Ergonomics products help curb this problem. For some companies, it is as simple as purchasing mats to go on the floors. The problem is even though musculoskeletal disorders accounted for more than 33 percent of work-related injuries in 2011, many employers still do not believe the statistics.
Using a bubble surfaced mat is a good solution to this problem. By installing these mats across the entire work area, employers are able to help increase the blood circulation of employees, prevent stiffness that comes from repetitive tasks and sitting, and reduce tiredness and cramps. These mats are seen often in industrial sites where there is constant foot traffic and heavy lifting. It can easily serve the same function in an office setting. The work is not as heavy in an office, but it can be just as tough on the bones and joints.
For employers who are worried about cost, the mat is well worth the investment. Others who have used mats have been able to use them for years without having to worry about replacing them. If cost has been an obstacle in making the decision to use them, it is not truly an issue.