Science, Tech, Math › Social Sciences The Benefits of Ergonomics How ergonomics help the individual, the system and the bottom line Share Flipboard Email Print Social Sciences Ergonomics Psychology Sociology Archaeology Economics Maritime By Chris Adams Engineering Expert B.I.D, Industrial and Product Design, Auburn University Chris Adams is a human factors engineer who writes about ergonomics and has 11 years of experience in the field. our editorial process Chris Adams Updated January 29, 2020 Ergonomics is about making things better. The better the ergonomics the more efficient the tool, task or system is. That makes for a happier, healthier user, a streamlined system and a lower bottom line. Who doesn't want some of that. 01 of 08 Better Comfort Maarigard/Getty Images A core benefit of ergonomics is an increase in the user's comfort. Most often user comfort is seen as the focus of ergonomics but it is actually a result of improving the ergonomics through a more intuitive design that supports natural body mechanics. 02 of 08 Improve Communication Clear communication between the user and whatever is being used is another benefit of ergonomics. 03 of 08 Reduce Skill Level Another benefit of ergonomics is that with better ergonomics the amount of training needed for proper operation is reduced. If you never need to read the owner's manual then it has good ergonomics. 04 of 08 Save Time Ergonomics is about making things more efficient. And one of the benefits of ergonomics is that by increasing the efficiency of a tool or a task, you tend to shorten the length of time it takes to accomplish your goal. 05 of 08 Reduce Fatigue With increased comfort and easier to understand usage come reduction in fatigue, another benefit of ergonomics. 06 of 08 Increase Accuracy Ergonomics also benefit your accuracy by lessoning the chance of errors. From a system perspective this is one of the greatest benefits from ergonomics. 07 of 08 Lessen Chance of Injury A great benefit of ergonomics if that there is less of a chance to injure yourself or someone else. When you spend less time performing a task with tools that are intuitive to use, don't require special mental or physical skill, and do not fatigue you then a lot of causes of injuries are removed. 08 of 08 Lower Cost The cost of an individual tool may not be lowered. In the case of most specially designed "Ergonomic" tools they are actually much higher. But the overall cost in terms of time, labor and other inputs (blood, sweat and tears) come down.