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An Ergonomist at Work: Think Deeply – Awkward Postures and Physical Ergonomics

Workplace assessment can benefit from exercise conditioning and yoga sciences: advanced ergonomics practitioners can take a systems approach to better reflect their understanding of complexity and variability in human conditions and work design. I use the images of myself at right (yoga practice) and while sitting crossed-legged (a yoga sukasana pose) when I wish to … Read more

The Global Concept of Good Work Design

How Good Work can be Driven Good work design is a global concept because it relates to human rights initiatives to ensure healthful and well living. This includes the ability to be productive in meaningful ways while creating a positive impact in the world. There are international standards supporting the initiatives of good work design, … Read more

Work-from-anywhere: When the office is a moving target (distributed workforce management)

Distributed workforce management is not new, but the epic change of work design during pandemic management is a confronting yet opportunity-laden experience for most organisational strategists. How can we turn the experience of work-from-anywhere into a rewarding and productive situation while at the same time manage the health, safety, financial, and legal risks? We can … Read more

Good Work Design: A Conceptual Framework

It’s in the DNA of the Human-Centred Organisation Good work design, underpinned by human-centred design, human factors, and ergonomics, is a concept that is emerging in Australian workplaces and supported by literature,[i] guidance material,[ii] and international standards.[iii], [iv] It can be defined as: The process of identifying opportunities and problems through inquiry and bringing people … Read more

Good Work Design

Good work requires conditions in which creativity may flourish and innovation is encouraged. A tolerance for experimentation is required because novel ideas need to be tested. For ideas to flow, those who submit the ideas must feel protected and, thus, permitted to stumble before they walk or fly. The approach is one of positive psychology … Read more

Good Work Design: The Positive Psychology Required for Innovation

Good Work Design

It was my great pleasure to facilitate a roundtable discussion at the 8th Annual OHS Leaders Summit, 13/14 March 2019, Brisbane, QLD, with my colleague Molly Farmer, representing Humanscale. We presented Good Work Design: Design of Work for Well-Being. We discussed the types of work that can be provided to support wellness, well-being, and wholeness. We discussed … Read more

Positive Design for a Health & Wellness Agenda

Positive Design for a Health & Wellness Agenda

Methods to Ensure that Work may be a Prescription for Health Positive design (e.g. Desment and Pohlmeyer, 2013), within an occupational framework, is a term that may be used to describe the design of a space, environment, work system, equipment, or tools in such a way that humans, broadly, are beneficiaries. It is an approach … Read more

‘Just Culture’: A critical component of good work design


Design practice involves taking risks[i], [ii]. Like the exposure of one’s soft underbelly, the disclosure of a new idea means allowing for vulnerability. An idea may be discarded by a manager, shot down by our peers, or, if trialled, the outcomes may not achieve what was intended! This is iterative design practice: design goes back … Read more

Psychological safety, work, and health: A salutogenic approach reflects brain-changing positive psychology versus risk- and harm-based thinking

Psychological safety, work, and health

This abstract has been developed from excerpts from the following research: Pazell, S. (Unpublished thesis: submitted for examination 31 Mar 2018): Good work design: Strategies to embed human-centred design in organisations. University of Queensland, Sustainable Minerals Institute. Psychological safety has been linked to work engagement[i], vitality[ii], performance[iii], and learning capability[iv] at an individual and team level. … Read more

Human-centred design, social justice, & psychological safety: What about the caring professions where self-sacrifice seems part of one’s work mantra?

Teacher with kids

Human-centred design, or design for diversity, is an approach to achieve social justice. So, too, ergonomics (a practice underpinning human-centred design) is a process, not a product[i]. The conditions in which design may best occur include supportive leadership (in a compelling and pervasive manner) with methods to engage effective and transparent decision-making[ii]. Systems must be established … Read more