Individualized ergonomics

IT (Information Technology) has been occupying a prominent place in developed countries for years now. Indeed, we moved from “homo erectus” (standing man) to “homo sedens” (sitting man) which is really harmful for our health. Affections are numerous, linked to repetitive gestures but also, on the contrary, to an over-static job. As a consequence, ergonomics become a fundamental step in working tools design in order to reduce and even to solve MSDs (Musculoskeletal Disorders) or vision troubles.

“There is no ideal posture, keep moving regularly!”

Improving working conditions is also a way to increase a company global performance. The staff turnover will be decreased, the working teams will be more efficient and their loyalty will be secured. Indeed, when an employee suffers, he is tired, less concentrated, demotivated and as a consequence less productive. This is especially true when those pains become incapacitating and lead him to a temporary or permanent work disability. The additional cost of an ergonomic desk is finally compensated by the decrease of absenteeism (penalizing for the company) and is rapidly amortized. Furthermore, a company that is taking care of its employees will benefit from a positive corporate image, which is important for its customers and future employees.

From its creation, Craie Design has one target: to modify habits and to increase companies’ awareness of the benefits they could draw from users’ better-being.

CRAIE DESIGN - I-Kube and ergonomics - fight against MSDs

Some figures in France in 2010 and 2012

75% of questioned people think their posture is the result of some automatic reflexes and habits.

And those habits turn out to be harmful and can become discomfort or even pain factors. Indeed, more than 8 out of 10 consider they take part in pain outbreak such as backache, stiff neck or vision problems.

CRAIE DESIGN - Office furniture need ergonomics to fight MSDs

CRAIE DESIGN - Office furniture need ergonomics to fight MSDs

MSD consequences for companies:

  • customer service deterioration,
  • absenteeism, work disorganization,
  • employee substitution difficulties,
  • extra work for colleagues,
  • performance and quality loss,
  • work limitation or incapacity,
  • teams disorganization,
  • need to adapt workstations,
  • corporate climate degradation,
  • bad corporate image.

Most often, the pains correlated with computer-related work are:

  • 64% backache,
  • 42% headache,
  • 40% stiff neck,
  • 37 % stiff shoulder,
  • 36% vision problems,
  • 28% stiff ankle.

More than one employee out of 3 suffers on a daily basis: 12% permanently and 24% from time to time.

Sources : « L’ergonomie de l’environnement de travail des français » Dynamic markets limited

When MSDs appear, the company itself becomes ill and loses money.