Saturday, December 10, 2005

The human factor - a focus on ergonomics

How breaks should work for the employee ...

Give me a break.

A half hour for every five or six hours worked. In most provinces that is the only labour code requirement for employers to give their workers a break. Many contracts and work agreements also include a 15-minute paid break on either side of the lunch break. But breaks are not just about being nice to the employees.

Breaks are about giving the body and/or mind time to recover from the tasks performed. I recently heard about a law firm that wanted to eliminate breaks and regulate how often and when their employees could use the bathroom. Their proposal was that instead of two paid coffee breaks in the middle of the morning and afternoon shifts, the workers would get a full hour for lunch, of which half would be paid. The workers would be expected to remain at their desks, performing their duties at all other times.

Here’s why their idea won’t work:"   continued ...   (Via Canadian Occupational Safety)

Coffee Break Gone Bad. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Coffee Break Gone Bad.

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