Monday, October 02, 2006

Steelcase Workplace Index Survey Reveals Importance of Ergonomics to U.S. Workers

People have different ideas about what ergonomics means ...

"Steelcase, a global office environments manufacturer, today unveiled results of the third of a three-part Workplace Index Survey on the Nature of Work in 2006. Conducted by Opinion Research Corporation (ORC), the study examines the understanding of ergonomics, its importance in the workplace and how it affects an individual's productivity and physical well-being.

Through a survey of nearly 700 office workers in the United States, the study revealed that more than half (64 percent) of Americans believe they know the definition of the word ergonomics, however, only 20 percent actually do know the correct definition. Interestingly, only 36 percent of younger respondents (18-24) believe they know what the term means versus 74 percent of those between 45 and 54.

However, regardless of age and confidence in defining the term, the vast majority could not accurately define ergonomics. Nineteen percent of respondents believe the phrase "human engineering" is the most accurate definition, while 17 percent believe "health and safety" is the most precise. Additional choices included "maximized productivity" (11 percent), "best in comfort" (10 percent) and "reduced fatigue" (8 percent). Only 20 percent of respondents accurately identified that all of these aspects contribute to the definition of ergonomics."    (Continued via Yahoo! Finance)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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