Ergonomics done right.®
September 14th, 2011

Ergonomics and Job Turnover

By Rick Barker, CPE

According to the Journal of Advanced Nursing, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded a study that found a link between high nurses’ turnover rates with the incidence of sprains and strains.  This longitudinal study followed 1,653 newly licensed nurses working in hospitals from 34 states for over 2 years. Nurses who experienced a sprain or strain on the job were significantly more likely to leave that job than those who did not. The authors conclude that preventing sprains and strains is one of the steps that organizations can take to reduce employee turnover. While the study looked specifically at hospital-based nurses, the findings are likely to apply across industry types.

Humantech has consistently reminded our clients that implementing an ergonomics program goes beyond just injury reduction.  This study documents those benefits and provides another source of how preventing injuries in the workforce can better your business.

Brewer, C. S., Kovner, C. T., Greene, W., Tukov-Shuser, M. and Djukic, M. (2011), Predictors of actual turnover in a national sample of newly licensed registered nurses employed in hospitals. Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05753.x