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SHOULD TEAM MEMBERS BE INVOLVED IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS?
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Have you been considering whether or not you should involve team members on the shop floor in the ergonomics process? Is it a good idea? View this presentation to find out what seven ergonomics experts have to say on the subject.

Some of the safety leaders we talk to sometimes have questions and concerns about involving their team members in the ergonomics process.

Have you had any of these same questions?

What will we do if we open up the flood gate of ergonomics suggestions?
Will team members have productive insights?
What if we can’t accommodate team members when they want a change?
These are all valid questions, and the goal of this article is to answer them with a little help from some of our ergonomics expert friends. You’ll find several common themes and hopefully a few practical takeaways.

Let’s get started!

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Seven Ergonomics Experts Weigh In: Should You Involve Shop Floor Team Members in the Ergonomics Process?

  1. 1. Should Shop Floor Team Members Be Involved in the Ergonomics Process?
  2. 2. Have you been considering whether or not you should involve team members on the shop floor in the ergonomics process? ERGO-PLUS.COM
  3. 3. Is it a good idea? ERGO-PLUS.COM
  4. 4. Learn what seven leading ergonomics experts have to say. ERGO-PLUS.COM
  5. 5. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Ron Porter, PT, CEAS III SHOULD TEAM MEMBERS BE INVOLVED IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? Most definitely. If the end users of the ergonomics modifications are not involved in the process their buy-in will be limited. Some of the best ergonomics recommendations come from the shop floor employees. Studies show that you have limited success with the goals of your ergonomics program when you do not give the employee/end user the opportunity to have some “choice” in equipment changes and how they perform their job tasks. ERGO-PLUS.COM
  6. 6. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Ron Porter, PT, CEAS III WHAT IS ONE WAY TO INVOLVE TEAM MEMBERS IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? We do a lot of personalized employee awareness training on working in their Power Zone and the principles of being a Workplace Athlete. After increasing their understanding that a lot of success in ergonomics is worker behavior, we follow up with them with questions on what ideas they have for job modifications that would decrease their fatigue and increase their productivity. ERGO-PLUS.COM
  7. 7. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Ron Porter, PT, CEAS III ABOUT Ronald W. Porter is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Occupational Safety and Health, and Ergonomics. In the past 34 years, since becoming Director of the Back School, he has instructed over 1000 workshops and seminars on Ergonomics Awareness and Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention to physical and occupational therapists; medical doctors; chiropractors; occupational health nurses; and industrial health and safety professionals. LEARN MORE ERGO-PLUS.COM
  8. 8. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Jill Kelby, PT, CEA SHOULD TEAM MEMBERS BE INVOLVED IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? In a word, YES! Involving shop floor employees is very important to the success of your ergonomics process. It is well known that if employees are given the opportunity to participate in making decisions that affect their job, they become more actively involved in the work that they do. Getting employees engaged in their job provides five main benefits: 1. Employees become more focused on their work and take note of how and why they do what they do. They become are more alert, active and prepared to share their thoughts on how the job could be done differently to improve the safety and flow of the job. 2. Participation motivates employees to contribute to the process. A motivated employee will increase their commitment to the organization; and therefore, the goals that the organization sets around health and safety.
  9. 9. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Jill Kelby, PT, CEA SHOULD TEAM MEMBERS BE INVOLVED IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? 3. Participation lowers resistance to change. We all know forced change rarely works well. The best results happen when employees are involved in the processes that affect their job. 4. Participation answers the WIIFM principle (what’s in it for me?). If we expect employees to demonstrate and execute the new behaviors and actions expected of them, then they must understand why. By being involved the employees have firsthand knowledge of why the change is necessary in the first place. 5. Participation in decision making helps employees to take ownership and accountability for the process. The ergonomics process provides employees opportunities for career development and training by learning about ergonomics. In the end this allows them to do what they do best (the work) and the result is greater job satisfaction.
  10. 10. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Jill Kelby, PT, CEA WHAT IS ONE WAY TO INVOLVE TEAM MEMBERS IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? The first step in the ergonomics process is to assess the job. Use this step as the first step in engaging the employees in the process. To get you started here are three open ended questions to ask your employees: • What works well? • What doesn’t work well? • What ideas do you have to solving those issues? Then take that input and invite one or more of the employees to the ergonomics team to continue in the ergonomics process.
  11. 11. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Jill Kelby, PT, CEA ABOUT Jill Kelby is the president and owner of Kelby Ergo Design, LLC based in Minneapolis, MN. She has over 22 years of experience in ergonomics, lean, process improvement and project management. Ms. Kelby works with organizations to develop and deliver strategic solutions for their productivity, safety, and health issues through training and consulting services. LEARN MORE ERGO-PLUS.COM
  12. 12. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Paul Krewson, PT SHOULD TEAM MEMBERS BE INVOLVED IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? Absolutely! They are part of the solution which we call “Healthy Work Solutions.” Workers will be more receptive to change if they feel they have a part in the decision making process. They are the ones that do the work and we often find that they have great ideas for improving their work areas. Great ergonomics uses input from across the board. ERGO-PLUS.COM
  13. 13. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Paul Krewson, PT WHAT IS ONE WAY TO INVOLVE TEAM MEMBERS IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? Using employee surveys. For example, use an employee discomfort survey to find out what body parts are being fatigued and in which departments. Develop an “Ergo Team” that consists of management, supervisors and lead workers to meet on a regular basis to go over concerns. ERGO-PLUS.COM
  14. 14. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Paul Krewson, PT ABOUT Paul Krewson is owner and president of Peak Ergonomics, a Missouri Ergonomics Consultant group that strategically utilizes the disciplines of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and ergonomics to create healthy work solutions that maximize production and minimize risk of injury. LEARN MORE ERGO-PLUS.COM
  15. 15. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Deborah Read, MOTR/L SHOULD TEAM MEMBERS BE INVOLVED IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? YES!!! What are some of the pros and cons? PROS • Employee participation in ergonomics is recognized globally as a best practice • Including employees bridges gaps and improves relations between management and front line staff (if there is a two-way communication loop) • Including employees reveals opportunities for continuous improvement that management is often unaware of • Including employees leads to better solutions because they know their jobs intimately
  16. 16. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Deborah Read, MOTR/L SHOULD TEAM MEMBERS BE INVOLVED IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? (continued) CONS • Including employees can reveal “problems” that management may be overwhelmed with if management does not have a continuous improvement mindset and a method of triaging what to tackle first, second, and third • Including employees can reveal varied opinions that make it slower and harder to make a decision if these opinions are not tracked to find a trend or majority • Management will have to develop a compassionate way to communicate so as not to stifle the flow of improvement ideas ERGO-PLUS.COM
  17. 17. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Deborah Read, MOTR/L WHAT IS ONE WAY TO INVOLVE TEAM MEMBERS IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? First thing’s first…. initial ergonomics training provided vertically throughout an organization. This helps to create a common language and an understanding of the personal and business benefits of implementing ergonomic solutions. After that, here are just some of many additional employee-involvement tactics: • Ongoing Ergonomics Training for everyone, especially the “front line” employees and supervisors • More Advanced Training for Safety or Ergonomic Committees, Focus groups, or Task force groups • Employee Assistance with worksite analysis • Sharing best practices • Within-Site or Between-Site ergonomic solutions competitions (aka Ergo Cup Challenges)
  18. 18. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Deborah Read, MOTR/L ABOUT Consultant, Occupational Therapist, Trainer, and reluctant Superhero! Deborah Read (aka ErgoGirl!) leads her team on their mission to stomp out workplace injuries and optimize human productivity! It doesn’t matter if it’s an office, a construction site, a manufacturing facility, a lab, or any other work environment….the ErgoFit team is up for the challenge. LEARN MORE ERGO-PLUS.COM
  19. 19. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Misty Chapman, PT WHAT IS ONE WAY TO INVOLVE TEAM MEMBERS IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? If employees are working alongside with management to make decisions related to improved work practices, they will feel more involved and take more personal ownership of the program. One key area for employee’s we work with, is the selection of equipment that will be installed on a particular line. Employees want to be involved with the selection of equipment to ensure the “end product” that they will be using, is user friendly, practical, and is acceptable for day to day operations. With Engineers driving the design efforts, oftentimes employees feel their voices are overshadowed. ERGO-PLUS.COM
  20. 20. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Misty Chapman, PT WHAT IS ONE WAY TO INVOLVE TEAM MEMBERS IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? (continued) Employee recognition is important to show the company’s appreciation. Some of our clients recognize employee’s efforts by: • Employees are recognized monthly, quarterly and yearly with monetary awards as well as other prizes. Two outstanding ideas of the month and two of the best safety suggestions are chosen each month. The winners receive monetary awards. Also, everyone who implements a suggestion gets a t-shirt and another item, such as a jacket, sweatshirt or gym bag. • At quarterly luncheons employees who participated in the program receive winning plaques and awards. Three merit awards are given for suggestions not chosen as “Ideas of the Month” but which were also noteworthy efforts. The employees’ managers or supervisors present the awards. Formulate an employee involvement program that will engage and inspire all employees. Both management and employees need to work together to have an understanding of the company’s objectives.
  21. 21. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Misty Chapman, PT ABOUT Misty J. Chapman, President/Senior Ergonomic Consultant of Ergonomics Consultants of Indiana, is board certified in Physical Therapy and is certified in Ergonomics. Since graduating from the University of Indianapolis and at the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), Ms. Chapman has over (12) years of expertise in Industrial Ergonomics and Industrial Rehabilitation. LEARN MORE ERGO-PLUS.COM
  22. 22. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Steve Meagher, PT, CEAS SHOULD TEAM MEMBERS BE INVOLVED IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? It is imperative to have the people actually doing the work be involved in the ergonomics program. The way things are designed and done can be very different. By having the floor workers involved, the program has a better chance of success. ERGO-PLUS.COM
  23. 23. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Steve Meagher, PT, CEAS ABOUT Steve Meagher is a Physical therapist and founder of Site Solutions Inc. His mission is to take the mystery out of ergonomics and help you maximize employee productivity and safety. LEARN MORE ERGO-PLUS.COM
  24. 24. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Mark Middlesworth, ATC/L, CEES SHOULD TEAM MEMBERS BE INVOLVED IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? My high school football coach was a great leader. Coach Law (I still call him “Coach” out of my deep respect for him) was highly successful at his craft of coaching and leading our team. Do you know what made him one of the greatest high school coaches of all time in the state of Indiana…? He respected and involved each team member in developing winning strategies and tactics against our opponents. Coach would constantly ask the team for our opinion and suggestions throughout preparation and during each game. He would say, “You’re the one out there in the trenches, what weaknesses do you see in the opponent? What do you think is the best way we can attack these guys? Can you take your guy down, or should we run in the other direction? What can we do differently that can help us move the ball forward? Do you think “this” game plan will work?
  25. 25. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Mark Middlesworth, ATC/L, CEES SHOULD TEAM MEMBERS BE INVOLVED IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? (continued) Because we were always respected and involved as a “team”, my team mates and I would run through a brick wall for our coach and each other. We were in it together, and that made us a championship team. Do I think we should involve team members in the ergonomics improvement process? I don’t believe there’s anything more important. Absolutely YES! ERGO-PLUS.COM
  26. 26. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Mark Middlesworth, ATC/L, CEES WHAT IS ONE WAY TO INVOLVE TEAM MEMBERS IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? Genuinely respect them. Leadership matters, and great leaders communicate and demonstrate that they value team members and their expertise. Team members know their job demands better than anyone, so they should play an integral part in developing winning strategies to reduce injury risk and improve work performance. Team member involvement is the difference between winning and losing, and involvement requires respect. So maybe we should consider asking some questions like, “You’re the one out there in the trenches, what are the most difficult aspects of the job for you? How do you think we should attack this opponent? What do you think we could do to reduce the high stress demands of the job? What can we do differently that can help us move the ball forward? Do you think “this” ergonomic improvement plan will work?
  27. 27. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Mark Middlesworth, ATC/L, CEES WHAT IS ONE WAY TO INVOLVE TEAM MEMBERS IN THE ERGONOMICS PROCESS? (continued) Respecting and involving your team members in the ergonomics improvement process will lead to great results and a winning effort. If you’re in this together, your team will reap the rewards of improved health and better performance. They may not run through any brick walls, but involving your team members in the ergonomic process will give your ergonomics process and company a tremendous competitive advantage. ERGO-PLUS.COM
  28. 28. ERGONOMICS EXPERT Mark Middlesworth, ATC/L, CEES ABOUT Mark Middlesworth is the owner and president of Ergonomics Plus, a leading ergonomics and injury prevention solutions provider. Mark is a NATA Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Ergonomics Evaluation Specialist. He has been directing workplace injury prevention services since 1989, and still enjoys educating and motivating workplace athletes toward better health each and every day. LEARN MORE ERGO-PLUS.COM

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