The short answer is that you might need both. Many workers suffer from pain and health problems caused by standing on hard floors. Workplace slips and falls cause a lot of injuries in New Zealand every year. 2019 saw 6 NZ worker fatalities from falls on the same level. Worker health issues not only cause absenteeism, but time can be wasted on the job as efficiency tumbles when workers are in pain. And pain can distract to the point of more workplace accidents. Who benefits from anti-fatigue matting? Assembly-line workers, machine operators, hairdressers, doctors, nurses and lab workers, cashiers and cooks, airport baggage screeners and security agents.