Ergonomics Climate Assessment: A measure of operational performance and employee well-being

Appl Ergon. 2015 Sep;50:160-9. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2015.03.011. Epub 2015 Apr 2.

Abstract

Ergonomics interventions have the potential to improve operational performance and employee well-being. We introduce a framework for ergonomics climate, the extent to which an organization emphasizes and supports the design and modification of work to maximize both performance and well-being outcomes. We assessed ergonomics climate at a large manufacturing facility twice during a two-year period. When the organization used ergonomics to promote performance and well-being equally, and at a high level, employees reported less work-related pain. A larger discrepancy between measures of operational performance and employee well-being was associated with increased reports of work-related pain. The direction of this discrepancy was not significantly related to work-related pain, such that it didn't matter which facet was valued more. The Ergonomics Climate Assessment can provide companies with a baseline assessment of the overall value placed on ergonomics and help prioritize areas for improving operational performance and employee well-being.

Keywords: Ergonomics climate; Performance; Well-being.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Efficiency, Organizational*
  • Ergonomics / methods*
  • Ergonomics / standards
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupational Health* / standards
  • Organizational Culture*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workplace* / psychology
  • Workplace* / standards