By Peter Budnick 27th June, 2017
Sustainable sounds like one of those corporate buzzwords that come and go, but the meaning behind it will always ring true for organizations purposely built to survive, improve and thrive into the future. Ergonomics plays a key role in corporate sustainability, and this article provides an overview for a sustainable ergonomics in the workplace.
Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better.1
W. Edwards Deming, corporate sustainability pioneer
Strategy is the method and means you apply to meet your production goals. It’s important to set realistic goals, then set your strategy in motion with specific timelines and metrics aligned to achieve success. SMART-A is an acronym that may help you as you devise your ergonomics process strategy.
Ergonomics can benefit other corporate functions, including product and service design, but this article focuses only on workplace ergonomics.
Example leading metrics for the impact of ergonomics on health and safety:
Example lagging quality metrics for the impact of ergonomics on process quality:
Example leading metric for the impact of ergonomics on process quality:
Example metrics for the impact of ergonomics on process efficiency:
No goal, regardless of how small can be achieved without adequate training.2
Taiichi Ohno, corporate sustainability pioneer
Ergonomics is no different than any other improvement management strategy. The process can only succeed if people understand and execute their respective roles and responsibilities. Without individual accountability and the ability to effectively cooperate, no improvement process is successful in the long term.
Ergonomics is an essential tool for organizations that are built to last. Maintaining an ergonomics process that encompasses the five requirements described above is an important ingredient in the recipe for sustainability.