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“It’s All New This Ergonomics, Isn’t It?”

I have heard that said before. But actually it isn’t.

The term ergonomics originally comes from the Greek words ergon (work or labor) and nomos (natural laws).

Wojciech Jastrzębowski, a Polish scholar wrote “An outline of Ergonomics, or the Science of Work” (1799-1882), first published in 1857.

In “De morbis artificum diatriba,” a classic book by Italian physician, Bernardino Ramazzini (1633-1714), he unpacks the relationship between working conditions and pathology and shows how systems of work impact from an occupational health perspective.

Obviously ergonomics as a disciple evolves with changes in work and life. Which means we now need to understand the latest work practices such as hybrid working and remote working. We have to be aware, more than ever of how environment and work mode effects not just the physical but also emotional well being of individuals.

So if you would like to know more about how a science, very much of today and yet grounded in years of study can help your workplace be more productive, please get in touch!