Workforce Demographics are Changing.
Are you Ready?
10,000 people are turning 65 every single day
and this will continue through 2030!
The aging workforce presents a challenge to industry—to design a safe and productive work environment to accommodate older workers.
- Different shift preferences
- Different training and learning styles
- Tend to experience disfranchisement with their work and coworkers
- Decreased reaction time and speed
- Decreased manual dexterity and feedback
- Increased body fat
"Ergonomics is about fitting the work to the worker”
IMPROVE WORKPLACE DESIGN WITH ERGONOMICS
FIVE ergonomics principles for an aging workforce:
Work in Neutral Postures: Working with the body in a neutral position reduces stress and strain on your musculoskeletal system.
Allow for Posture Changes: Working in the same posture or sitting for prolonged periods of time is bad for you. Your body’s musculoskeletal (or movement) system is designed to move. Arrange workstations and tasks to allow for changing postures.
Work from the “Power Zone”: The power zone is also referred to as the “hand shake
zone”—this is an easy way to remember the optimal
location to perform work.
Provide good lighting: A common issue with older workers is lighting. Visual
acuity deteriorates with age, so make sure work areas
are properly lit.
Have a good grip: Providing “power grips” instead of pinch grips for jobs
and tasks is another ergonomics “low hanging fruit” to
help accommodate aging workers.