Anti-fatigue mats can increase productivity and decrease costs

According to recent studies, sitting for too long has been correlated to “increased the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even death,” according to Medical News Today. In order to counteract these adverse effects, office workers have turned to standing desks. Researchers claim that not only do standing desks decrease the risks of sitting for too long, but they also “increase your energy levels, alertness and productivity” by improving blood circulation and increasing oxygen to the brain.

In July 2016, researchers at Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health found that workers using standing desks were 46% more productive than their seated counterparts. “The researchers hypothesized the productivity levels may have improved due to reduced body discomfort, enhanced cognitive function from physiological changes or a combination of these two factors” reports Orthotics and Prosthetics News. Clearly, increased productivity benefits any business but that is not where the benefits to the employee or the business end.

Many other health benefits have been discovered such as increased calorie expenditure, benefits to one’s metabolism and improvement in blood sugar and cholesterol levels. These benefits were echoed by Dr. Genevieve Healy, senior research fellow at the School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Australia, saying that “replacing two hours a day of sitting time with stepping was associated with an approximately 11% lower average BMI and a 7.5cm smaller average waist circumference. In addition, average blood sugar levels fell by approximately 11%”. Improved employee health benefits a business in the most simple way: by decreasing the costs of health insurance.

Anti-fatigue in labor intensive jobs

But if standing is so beneficial to our health, why don’t we stand all of the time? Cashiers, pharmacists, and manufacturing assembly workers are consistently complaining of back and feet pains resulting from standing for too long. A way that they have found to alleviate the stresses on their bodies is through anti-fatigue mats.

Product spotlight: Our Medallion Mat reduces stress and fatigue as a result of standing. With Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) top, the mat is allergen free and anti-microbial as well as oil, grease and chemical resistant. Perfect for cashiers and manufacturing assembly workers, Medallion Mat has a low profile to prevent tripping and is easily maintained.

Product spotlight: Our Pharma Eze Mat has a unique two-piece construction that combines increased bounce and resiliency with unparalleled durability making it ideal for pharmacists who stand on their feet all day. It’s made of 80% recycled rubber and comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Anti-fatigue in office jobs

Those who can’t perform their job sitting have found a way to alleviate the strains of standing. Standing too much causes aches in pains in our feet while sitting too much leads to bad posture and back discomfort. Researchers advise office workers to find the appropriate balance. Standing just a couple of hours per day can yield significant improvements. In order to avoid suffering from problems related to standing up too long, office workers should couple their sit-stand desk with anti-fatigue mats.

Product spotlight: Preference Eze has triple resilient foam backing for anti-fatigue purposes. With its durable carpet top, Preference Eze blends in to an office seamlessly.

There is clearly a lot of research left to be done but one thing is clear: our sedimentary life is starting to have adverse benefits on our health. Take a proactive approach by implementing sit-stand desks and anti-fatigue flooring in the office environment. Step into a more balanced life with our anti-fatigue mats.

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Quality is in the Details: Hand Assembled Walk-Off Mats

Since its inception in 1966, the Matworks has focused on delivering quality products and services to our customers while adopting the latest innovations and technologies to improve and enhance our offerings.

One such example is the attention to detail and craftsmanship we employ when creating rubber edged walk-off mats. These mats are custom cut, edged and sewn by hand in our facility. Each mat is given individual attention and inspected by our knowledgeable staff, many of which have been with us for more than 20 years.

Edges - UncutHand sewn edgingStitched edgingEdges Hand Glued

While ensuring a high-quality product is our primary goal, this approach also offers the customer a high level of flexibility in sizes, configurations and backing types. Unlike mass-produced mats, we can determine the right edging and bevel needed for a given application and customize a tailored solution. This is typically much faster than ordering from the manufacturer and gives us control over the quality of the output.

Maintaining these high standards for our products is something we stand by and will continue as our business grows and evolves.

The Matworks offers expert advice for all your commercial flooring needs; email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

 

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

 

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

 

Mats: The Benefit of Buying vs. Renting

The Matworks began nearly 50 years ago as a mat rental and laundering company and for many years this was the primary service we offered our national retail customers. As our business and the needs of our customers evolved, so too did the mat rental business. Matworks began working with global suppliers and market leaders who had the ability to produce quality commercial products that could last for years. With high quality and value engineering in mind, we worked closely with our customers to determine that buying a high quality dense fiber product was much more cost effective than renting.

Here’s what we learned after 25 years in the rental business and another 25 selling high quality purchased mats:

Cost Savings

  • We estimate the cost to rent one 4’ x 6’ mat with a standard three-year contract is approximately $800 annually. Most companies require more than one mat, multiply this times several mats and you’re looking at several thousand dollars. Compared to the investment in purchasing a high-quality, durable mat such as Matworks Zephyr, Monster, Dreadnought, Preference or Ambassador, the difference is certain.
  • A recent ROI analysis for a grocery chain produced an $800k savings over a three-year period. Additionally, purchased mats come with a warranty, will not shrink, wrinkle, curl or become trip hazards.

Selection 

  • Some mat rentals companies may not stock a variety of colors and sizes. If your organization’s aesthetic or functional requirements are not standard you will be forced to pick from a limited selection.

Safety & Quality

  • Rental mats tend to stay in circulation for many years, thus reducing the quality. They can break down with constant washing; the hot water and chemicals can have an effect on the durability of the fiber. Throughout years of circulation, dirt and water can be tracked into the building, necessitating more maintenance and potential safety hazards.
  • When renting multiple mats from the same company you could receive mats in completely different conditions. Some may not be exactly the same size, causing tripping hazards.

 

Investing in high quality mats from a company who has been designing and manufacturing product for national retailers for nearly 50 years is more cost-effective long term, while reinforcing the image of your brand.

The Matworks offers expert advice for every commercial flooring need, email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.