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May 5, 2010

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Research – Effectiveness of ergonomists elucidated

New research about to be published by the University of Derby on optimising employee productivity through ergonomics throws light on the effectiveness of ergonomists themselves.

The research, undertaken by the university’s Dr Claire Williams, investigates the factors that ergonomists feel make an effective practitioner in their field.

The research suggests that, in order to influence change in an organisation, a good practitioner needs to be technically and scientifically sound, have good rapport and communication skills, and be able to manage and deliver business proposals.

Such qualities enable an ergonomist to visit a factory or business, quickly determine what the issues are, and make powerful business recommendations to ensure the ideas are implemented for the benefit of the workforce and the long-term economic benefit of the organisation.

Dr Williams said she hopes her published research will help ensure the professionals who enter the ergonomics industry in the future are better trained and equipped with business, communication and persuasion skills as well as having the relevant technical and scientific background.

The research will be published shortly in the journal Theoretical Issues in Ergonomic Science.
 

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