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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

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

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This abstract has been developed from excerpts from the following research: Pazell, S. (Unpublished thesis: submitted for examination 31 Mar 2018): Good work design: Strategies to embed human-centred design in organisations.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?

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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

Total Worker Health® and the NET-POSITIVE movement

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This paper has been developed from excerpts from the following research: Pazell, S. (2018): Good work design: Strategies to embed human-centred design in organisations [published thesis]. Brisbane, QLD: University of Queensland, Sustainable Minerals Institute. There is a peaceful and constructive social movement underway that is challenging our norms, values, and culture: the advancement of human-centred approaches … Read more

Occupational Salutogenesis: A means to develop projects and sustain programs that promote worker health

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This abstract has been developed from excerpts from the following research: Pazell, S. (Unpublished thesis, due for submission March 2018): Good work design: Strategies to embed human-centred design in organisations. University of Queensland, Sustainable Minerals Institute. Occupational Salutogenesis focuses on work and work systems that support health, well-being, productivity, and sustainability, rather than the factors that … Read more

A Human Asset Action Plan (HAAPy)

(This concept was presented at SIA Visions 2017, 22 May, Toowoomba, QLD) We talk about the development of a positive corporate leadership culture, sustainable business performance, safety leadership, inclusivity, diversity, health, and well-being. We assume this will occur while work is performed in a safe manner. Zero fatalities, thank you very much. The challenge: this all fizzles out … Read more

The Application & Value of Human Factors & Ergonomics

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The value of a human factors and ergonomics practice deserves examination. The methods can help a business elevate their programs beyond “injury prevention” toward “invention”.  Ergonomics, generally, is poorly understood and under-represented (Dul et al, 2012; Hedge, 2015; Reegård et al, 2015; and Wilson, 1994). The competencies of a certified professional ergonomist (CPE) are assessed in … Read more

A novel way to hit the mark: Shifting the target from near miss to “NEAR RIGHTS”

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Positive thinking is a step toward good design. We have the opportunity to excite our workforce through structured, participative methods that empower workers to become architects of superior work design. A participative approach is inherent and fundamental to the tenets of human-centred design (HiD: Humans in Design). Participative ergonomics is consultative by nature and it extends beyond … Read more