A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that “lost productive time from common pain conditions among active workers costs an estimated $61.2 billion per year,” and nearly 80 percent of that lost productive time was due to reduced performance at work rather than work absence.
When it comes to being productive and effective, workers need more than just a safe and efficient work environment; they also need to be physically and psychologically able to perform. That includes being free of pain and discomfort. If our work involves standing, we all know how uncomfortable and even debilitating that can be.
According to the AMA, almost 13% of all workers experience pain in the workplace that effects productivity. About 76% of those workers don’t complain, or file a report, they simply stay on the job, and become less productive by just under an hour a day, 4.6 hours a week. That translates to about 22 days of lost productivity per year, due to pain on the job. That’s a lot of pain!
The need to battle the issue of standing-worker discomfort crosses all business sectors. Even a smart, current trend in office environments to utilize standing desks that can offer healthy ergonomic options to reduce discomfort from prolonged sitting, can also create the potential to experience discomfort in the feet, legs and back from standing.
Relief from standing pain is complicated by a confusing array of low-quality (so-called) anti-fatigue products, and by consumers who lack the information to make informed choices. The solution / decision begins with a simple question: Do you want a piece of foam or gel, or do you want anti-fatigue technology?
“Research on the research” indicates that there are several critical features that a standing surface needs to have if it is optimized for relieving fatigue that effects productivity: 1. It needs to be appropriately compressible (softness without bottoming out), 2. It should be unstable enough to encourage blood flow (venous pump) in standing-related muscles, but stable enough to not overwork those muscles, and 3. It needs to be actively responsive and highly supportive. These critical features are all carefully designed into the SmartCells technology, which is easily differentiated in the marketplace by its unique rubber cellular structures that act like springs to cushion, support, and return energy.
SmartCells function in exactly the opposite ways from foam and gel. SmartCells get softer as compressed. Foam gets harder as compressed, and gel just squishes out of the way. SmartCells will not bottom out under typical worker-related activities. Foam needs to be thick to avoid bottoming out, often resulting in an overly soft, unstable standing surface that overworks muscles. SmartCells act like springs and when weight is shifted they “spring” back and return energy. Foam and gel can be highly non-responsive. Ever heard of “memory foam”?
The renowned SmartCells anti-fatigue products, trusted by leading companies that are serious about worker health and safety, and productivity, are now also available to everyday consumers.
SATECH SmartCells anti-fatigue technology is available in mats, runners, custom floors, and now with a new generation of insoles to bring relief to workers and dramatically impact heath and well-being.
There’s a new footprint in town. It’s not foam, it’s not gel. It’s SmartCells.
Call for information, or order online at www.SmartCellsUSA.com