This in-house ergonomic training was commissioned as a pilot program for 96 employees at a large insurance corporation in Northern California. Volunteers came from various departments throughout the company.

Prior to beginning the training, employees were asked to list their “current level of physical discomfort due to computer activity”, which would then serve as a baseline for comparing future levels.

The average amount of time this group of employees spent using their computers each day was 6.25 hours.

Perhaps the most interesting result was the significant decrease in the ‘Reported Levels Of Physical Discomfort As A Result Of Computer Activity’, reported during and at the conclusion of the training.

Selected Results From Symptom Study Survey
Reported levels of physical discomfort as a result of computer activity: Before training, 3 to 4 months after initial Kines-Tech training and 9 to 10 months after initial Kines-Tech training.

Discomfort Before training 3-4 months after training 9-10 months after training
TENSION HEADACHES 16% 5% 4%
NECK PAIN 60% 30% 31%
SHOULDER PAIN/ACHE 55% 34% 34%
EYE STRAIN 13% 2% 7%
UPPER/LOWER BACK PAIN/ HIP DISCOMFORT 44% 20% 21%
ARM DISCOMFORT/PAIN 34% 18% 10%
WRIST/HAND/FINGER PAIN/ DISCOMFORT 51% 30% 26%
SWELLING/BURNING/NUMBNESS/ TINGLING/LOSS OF SENSATION 26% 11% 10%

Percentages have been rounded off to the nearest number.

At the conclusion of the training (9 to 10 months afterwards), the following questions were posed to all participants:

  • How often were ideas from this training applied?
    Almost daily
    Several times a week
    Occasionally
    Never
    68%
    28%
    4%
    0%
  • Did this program help to minimize physical stress at work?
    Yes
    Somewhat
    No
    65%
    34%
    1%
  • As a result of this program were trainees more able to use ergonomic furniture at work more effectively?
    Yes
    Somewhat
    No
    69%
    28%
    3%

 

K-T Training – Effective Over Time
These findings support the belief that education is oftentimes the best cure. If these outcomes are applied to future candidates for this program then it could be argued that the Kines-TechTraining will more than pay for itself with savings from reduced workers compensation insurance claims, increased employee retention and lowered job retraining costs.