How Anti-Fatigue Mats Can Improve Employee Morale

by Chris Martin on December 8, 2013

It is impossible to overestimate the power of employee morale and its effects on the success of a business enterprise. A motivated workforce is more effective and productive than workers who aren’t, and high morale helps employees weather tough times and high-stress environments. In contrast, low employee morale leads to a dip in quality, poorer customer service, and ultimately a decrease in a company’s bottom line.

In short, you want to maximize workplace morale as much as you can. And anti-fatigue mats from Ultimate Mats can help you do that.

You might be thinking to yourself, “How can an anti-fatigue mat improve the morale of my employees? It’s not like they will feel a jolt of motivation and happiness when they step onto it. And I can’t wave it around the workplace and expect employees to start cheering wildly.”

This may be true. However, because anti-fatigue mats are designed to reduce physical stress on the body and maintain the well-being of workers over time, these mats can have a measurable impact on employee morale – albeit indirectly.

What isn’t in dispute is the positive effects of anti-fatigue mats on the human body when compared to standing on hard, flat surfaces like tile or concrete. The innovative construction of an anti-fatigue mat helps reduce the soreness and exhaustion that can creep in when a person stands for a long period of time. That means your workers won’t have to deal with aching muscles, swollen feet or ankles, painful joints, stiff necks or shoulders, back discomfort, or resulting conditions like tendinitis or plantar fascitis. And when employees feel better physically, they tend to be more engaged in their work and content in their surroundings – and their collective morale improves.

It’s also wise to educate your employees about the health benefits of using anti-fatigue mats. For instance, medical studies have shown that anti-fatigue mats perform about as well as specially-made shoes with thick, shock-absorbing soles; so your workers don’t have to spend their money on special footwear for the job. In addition, anti-fatigue mats help lower the risk of certain chronic conditions that are caused by excessive fatigue, such as arthritis, varicose veins, premature birth in pregnant women, or even serious circulatory problems like carotid atherosclerosis. Making associates aware of the advantages of an anti-fatigue mat will bolster the idea that you care about them as people instead of just employees.

Finally, by eliminating the physical problems associated with fatigue, anti-fatigue mats will help mitigate the problems that can arise which mirror those associated with poor employee morale. Some of the most common include increased absenteeism, lowered productivity, a rise in mistakes or product defects, and subpar customer service. And every business owner knows the harmful effects that these issues can have on the viability of any business.

There are numerous ways that anti-fatigue mats can have a beneficial impact on your business. And they’re considerably cheaper than other morale-boosting approaches like team-building events, lavish parties, or employee raises. So why not contact Ultimate Mats today to get more information on a health-promoting, moral-boosting anti-fatigue mat of your very own?

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