For wise leaders of an engaged workforce, employee well-being programs and ergonomics are much more than an afterthought.

"Once you make a change to a workstation, you have likely saved at least one injury, if not multiple injuries — that’s all quantifiable on the injury cost side," he said. "But when you talk about employee engagement, it’s a win-win," according to Jeff Sanford, CPE and director of ergonomics consulting at Velocity EHS/Humantech.

Ergonomics and well-being as profitability considerations are a novel concept for many companies but certainly offer a strong upside for savvy managers now and into the future.