Time is money, especially for employees’ valuable working time. In the U.S., 60 million work shifts went unfilled in 2013 due to work-related illnesses and injuries. For employers, this is a huge financial burden. Because in addition to continued pay and lost profits, employers must consider factors such as recruiting, hiring, and training replacement workers. Annual economic losses of over $50 billion due to work-related illness are the norm.
Two current developments further exacerbate this problem. On the one hand, young employees value a workplace designed to protect their health and provide safe working conditions. After all, they want to be able to actively make the most of their free time at the end of their shifts – the keyword here is work-life balance. A job that damages the body by repeatedly overstraining it over a long time thus loses its appeal. On the other hand, production and logistics employees reflect society’s age structure and are therefore older on average. This can make for a higher absence rate if employers do not counteract the development of work-related back disorders among their employees. At the same time, every company benefits from older employees’ experience and valuable know-how. So it makes double sense to actively invest in maintaining good back health among all employees.
Using exoskeletons pays off
- Reduction of lost workdays
- Flexibility compared to manipulators or other tools that are not accepted by users
- Becoming a more attractive employer