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Work for Humans Podcast: Human Factors and Ergonomics

Hosted by Dart Lindsley,
Guest Dr Sara Pazell

In every manmade job, place, and activity, design plays a pivotal role in shaping our experiences. Sadly, many designs miss the mark by neglecting the profound psychosocial impact they wield. This is where Dr. Sara Pazell steps in. As a dynamic design strategist, she empowers companies across industries to embrace human-centered work by integrating designs that ensure not only functionality but transformative success.

Dr. Pazell is the managing director and principal consultant at Viva Health at Work and podcaster of WhyWork. At Viva, Sara leads companies to find solutions for human factors and ergonomics design across industries like mining, transportation, healthcare, retail, finance, food and beverage, sport and fitness, and government organizations.

In this episode, Dart and Sara discuss:

  • The job of a work design strategist
  • Ergonomics and human factors in design
  • Why companies should consider psychosocial factors in design
  • The 7 principles of a human-centered organization
  • How to generate excitement and engagement when designing work
  • Improving design using failure modes analysis (in reverse)
  • How to contextualize design for success
  • The best and worst ways to generate new ideas
  • And other topics…