Smart Ergonomics: Blending Ergonomics with Wellness Coaching Interventions for TWU Administrative Staff

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2024

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Bolla, Robin

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"Office workers are highly susceptible to work-related overuse discomfort, injuries, and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), especially in the neck (Jun et al., 2017). Research conducted by Alomar et al. (2021) has found that MSDs are “multifactorial” and an employee’s psychosocial factors contribute to pain or discomfort. Stress is a constant and pertinent factor in the severity of MSDs among office workers (Alomar et al., 2021). More severe cases can lead to decreased employee performance, absenteeism, and compile costs for the employer (Barati Jozan et al., 2023). The purpose of this project is to integrate classic ergonomic practices and wellness coaching all within the scope of occupational therapy practice. Participants received an ergonomic assessment and were taught how to make workstation adjustments. They also received wellness coaching and learned how to make empowered decisions based on their current stress and habits. Results from various surveys and participants' claims suggest that their perception and desire to take action to prevent office-work-related MSDs have increased. Organizational promotion and prioritization of an MSD prevention program could be beneficial for current and future TWU office employees."

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Ergonomics, Wellness, Wellbeing, Stress management, Vocation, Office

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