Excerpts From Essays on Strategic Ergonomics
Definition: Strategic Ergonomics - the productive movement of energy in the workplace towards a specific goal.
There is power in the way we shape our workplace when we do it with a clear purpose. We can better define and express our goals when we create an environment where our talents can manifest most effectively. The old office design rules that were developed when workers were tied to single locations have been blown apart by dramatic technological advances. Today's tools allow people to change workplaces often because it's easier to move a wireless laptop than the half ton of filing cabinets that we needed in the past! Increasingly, people have to quickly create, or adapt to, their new work environments, shaping them to their unique tasks in order to be effective. Having an ErgoDynamic Strategy means knowing how to position yourself, and your team, to consistently perform at your best.
When this strategy is missing, we see a whole list of organizational ailments arise: Increased stress, wasted time, fuzzy focus, indifferent cooperation, poor skill development, lack of commitment, insipid morale, employee fraud, increased sick time and the inability to retain quality personnel! Pretty bad, huh? But you can make it better!
You physical positioning matters because your body always has an opinion about the surroundings you encounter. Depending on how much you instinctually feel supported, or challenged, by your intimate environment determines how easily you can access your talents. The purpose of the Dream Desk Questionnaire Series, of which this book is the Introduction, is to help you build an effective ErgoDynamic Strategy, step by step, that will hopefully lead you to higher levels of clarity and efficiency in your work and in your life!
Strategic Ergonomics is a practical approach combining ergonomics, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and social-positional strategy, similar to what we learn in sports. The philosophy looks at how the human body is continually striving to fulfill the mission of our higher selves. The body does this while living in a world with smart phones and the internet on one side, and on the other, lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The design of the human body continues to be one of the great wonders of this world.
This book was written for a simple reason; most people don’t look carefully at their surroundings and how they affect their own experience. The first step is dumping the assumptions many people carry that create most of the problems that Strategic Ergonomics seeks to solve. First in that list is the unconscious belief that the people who put together your surroundings knew what they were doing and had your best interests at heart. Guess what, often they didn’t and the sooner you recognize that, the faster you will take responsibility for your surroundings and make serious progress. This collection of ideas is aimed at breaking up those obstructive assumptions through revealing how our collective design history affects your life, and how choices create the experience. Hopefully this will help you see your surroundings in a new light that will make your pathway to success and satisfaction smoother.
(c) 2017 Ralph & Lahni DeAmicis