Comparing of the Ergonomics Standards in India, US and Developing Countries

Jill Washington

26 April 2017

Workplace satisfaction is gradually attaining higher levels to be in par with the growing work pressure in the industry. Workplace ergonomics is important to ensure employee productivity, decrease attrition rate and develop better work-life balance of the individuals. Yet each and every design has it’s flaws and we couldn’t go to the extent of actually naming a country or company with the perfect workplace ergonomics. Ergonomics basically means the study of the efficiency of an employee or individual at his or her workplace.

Varies from Country to Country

Every country has it’s own style of work culture and their workplace ergonomics has been tuned accordingly. As for India, the country’s main workforce is into information technology or core sector or service based industry. Combined, they can boast of having a pretty strong workforce. To sustain the productivity of their employees under growing pressure based work culture, Indian companies and start ups are coming up with well meant solutions but whether these policies or facilities actually doing any justice to the cause is a big question. The employee management in India is still largely unorganized and HR policies are often loose with many loop holes.

Organizational Activities

Many large organizations actively promote workplace politics to attain growth and thus decreasing the efficiency level of the employees. After all, who works without rewards? Yet many companies in India are coming up with solutions like mandatory health insurance policies, paid leaves, ergonomic office chairs for computer workers, appraisals and paid vacations and also basic facilities like complementary meal during the office hours, conveyance etc. This is gradually increasing the job satisfaction level among Indian employees. But this needs to be promoted effectively to actually achieve large scale results and in turn build a highly efficient workforce in India. Another sector that India could do better in is better salary standards.

The average Indian salaries for various roles are much lesser compared to their foreign counterparts yet the work load is almost same or often more. An individual can only work happily if he/she receives adequate returns/rewards for their good work and the salary drawn by most are not enough to reach the satisfaction levels of most.

U.S. Standards

The ergonomics standards in the United States is an altogether different story. Though certain events in history point otherwise, the US have always promoted high ergonomic standards to ensure best possible workforce efficiency and have built a reputation in the same along with a few other countries like Japan, Germany etc. Work-life balance and workplace satisfaction are two of the key aspects that the companies in US religiously invest to attain better satisfaction level among their employees. Fun is an important aspect in their work curriculum and to ensure effectiveness most US companies are extensively investing into entertainment resources for their work places. Ensuring good compensation by the companies also ensures that the employees are always away from their financial jolts and focus on creating more quality work. Many companies go to the extent of providing full family medical coverage, pension and paid vacation as well to create highest levels of work life balance amongst their workforce.

Conclusion

From the accumulated facts and information we can conclude that though having loopholes, the companies are gradually adopting global ergonomic practices to promote employee satisfaction and in turn, build a more stable and efficient workforce.