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Do Anti-Fatigue Mats Really Work?

Did you know that fatigue is the leading cause of lost productivity in the workplace? On average, employees report 4.1 hours of lost productive time (LPT) each week due to fatigue, costing employers, like you, an estimated $136 billion annually, according to a study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. One way employers can help minimize fatigue and increase productivity is to reduce the physical demands of the workplace by using anti-fatigue mats.

The Health Benefits of Anti-Fatigue Mats

Employees who stand in one place for extended periods of time can begin to experience serious discomfort to the feet, legs and back. These workers are also at a greater for a number of health issues including:

  • muscular fatigue
  • circulatory problems
  • varicose veins
  • degenerative joint damage
  • bunions and corns
  • heel spurs
  • flat feet
  • chronic inflammation in the feet and legs
  • lower back pain
  • stiffness in the neck and shoulders
  • heart problems
  • stroke
Anti-Fatigue Mats

One way employers can help minimize fatigue and increase productivity is to reduce the physical demands of the workplace by using anti-fatigue mats.

According to George Havenith and Lucy Dorman, professors in the Department of Human Sciences at Loughborough University, anti-fatigue mats can help prevent many of these health concerns.

Havenith and Dorman studied 14 participants for a 5-day period. The participants were asked to arrive at the research facility at the same time each day, where they would stand on a concrete floor without an anti-fatigue mat or with a mat for 90-minute sessions. Havenith and Dorman used infrared thermal imaging, body temperature sensors, calf circumference measurement, cognitive testing and a questionnaire regarding body comfort to help track the results. They found statistically significant benefits to those participants using the anti-fatigue mats, which help promote regular movement as the feet naturally adapt to the cushioned mat. Furthermore, the use of anti-fatigue mats can help improve employee concentration, minimize downtime, increase productivity, and reduce the potential for accidents.


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In the meantime, if you have any questions about about how anti-fatigue mats can increase productivity, please contact Joe Bateman at Lord Baltimore by calling 800-292-1224. We are driven to provide responsive, attentive, professional customer service to each and every one of our clients.

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