Beyond the Ordinary Services

Ergokarma – Ergonomics with a deeper meaning. What does the work mean to you and to your staff? Is there a sense of purpose and fulfillment in your organization? The basic physical and biomechanical issues are important, but their effect is rarely profound. Short-term actions have their place, but when organizations focus solely on the simple aspects of the work setting, they cheat themselves and their employees of opportunities to make broad based improvements. If your organization is ready for lasting change, my systems approach can lay the groundwork. A systems approach to Ergonomics seeks to balance the demands in the work environment with the capabilities and limitations of the elements that comprise the system. In this way, we strive for improved system performance while reducing risks to the humans in the system.

I offer a variety of services to get you to that lasting change:

Assessment and evaluation of work settings

Individual assessment to whole departments, I identify risk factors and provide option to address the issues. Often simple modifications or improvements are all that is truly needed – if you get to the root source of the risk factor. When larger scale interventions are desirable, leveraging current or emerging technologies can pay a big dividend in productivity and reduction of risks.

Analysis of work demands

I assess the process and analyze work demands, including work physiology where appropriate, to define actions to reduce risk, improve effectiveness or quality. The basic approach of any ergonomic assessment or intervention is to achieve a balance between the work demands and the known capabilities of workers who have to perform them. Identifying where any imbalances exist sets the stage for focused improvements that attack the important issues.

Creation of strategies to address risks

Interventions and improvements often are simple and straightforward when the proper analysis is done. However, short-term changes can suggest long-term needs. Where appropriate, strategic approaches for long-term efforts are developed to provide direction for the future.

Facilitation of individuals and groups in transition

When groups or people are in a state of change, clarity and grounding in the fundamental aspects of the organization often is critical to refocus the needed decisions and actions. When all are aligned on the big picture elements, conflict is reduced and forward movement is possible. For individuals, grounding on the inner fundamentals serves as the basis for growth and meaningful contribution.

Approaches to work stress that are more than merely behavioral

Work stress and ergonomic risks are based in the same model of an imbalance between demands in the work setting and the characteristics of the people involved. Just as the physical demands can be identified, psychological requirements that may contribute to a stress response can be defined and approaches to minimize their impact developed.

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