In simple terms, ergonomics is the study of making work comfortable for employees in an effort to avoid on-the-job injuries, poor productivity and long-term health issues.

Ergonomics is often described as the process of fitting jobs to people—a practice that recognizes the physical abilities, limitations and characteristics of different employees.

Ergonomics is a catch-all term that often comes up in discussions about workplace health, safety and design—and for good reason. Employers who fail to implement ergonomic solutions at their place of business put their employees at risk of serious injuries.

This HR toolkit examines the importance of having an ergonomics program in place and gives instruction to implement this program in 6 steps.