Jon Abbott, Director of Global Clients, Cardinus Risk Management explains why global office ergonomics takes steadfast dedication and how to position your business for comprehensive compliance.
Malcolm Forbes once said, “Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs”. In my experience, the challenges of implementing and managing a global office ergonomics program has many similarities, especially in the post-pandemic world where we seem to have less control over where and how our colleagues are working.
Over the years I’ve seen some brilliant programs being implemented. I’ve also seen some mediocre and even poor programs launched. In all cases, it has been wonderful to see practitioners learn from their experiences and evolve their programs to deliver better outcomes.
Global office ergonomics & the shifting workplace
It’s an obvious statement to make, but our workspaces are changing. Hybrid working, collaboration and co-working spaces mean we have less control over how and where our colleagues are carrying out their duties. And Generation Z is developing behaviours around technology use whilst still in education – habits that will be hard to break.
These challenges must be met, and across the world, there are different approaches for tackling them, which means multinational businesses need to seek not just compliance but compliances. In the global arena, the motivation is still the same, we want to reduce injuries and discomfort, but often with one key difference – the need to comply with national regulations.
These regulations can catch people unaware; even the most considered ergonomics program that delivers outstanding results may not be enough to protect your organisation from a courtroom or having to negotiate a pre-court settlement.