Total Cost of Ownership
What is the total cost of ownership? At the end of the day, that is what matters. What do we gain from investing in ourselves and our employees? What is the total cost of ownership, today and tomorrow? Why should we buy the best quality shoes that cost a little bit more, when we can have low quality shoes at bargain prices? It is easy to forget that just because you save money at the point of purchase, you might end up paying more in the long run. Our feet are subjected to intense strain day in and day out, which is why it is important to choose the right shoes to reduce/prevent the risk of strain injuries. Even if its Safety Footwear or Occupational Footwear, they should be equipped with ergonomics, high quality, comfort and special features, such as; gel cushions in the heels and/or the thread section for optimal shock absorption, also good linings that could transport moisture and heat away from your feet. In a major study conducted by Norsk Hydro, the section for occupational medicine at Bergen University, work absence due to muscle and joint pains decreased by as much as 78% among wearers of Energy Gel footwear. How much does it cost to not be able to go to work? How much does it cost for an employer to have absent and less productive employees? At first glance making such an investment may look expensive, but you gain so much more in the long run. So, please look again.