Most people have heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words“. Well, here’s “a picture worth 404,266,869 keystrokes and mousing seconds”. This is an actual ErgoSuite data chart analyzing a year’s usage of ErgoSuite’s Employee Tools by a large population of office workers:
What Does The Chart Depict?
Reduce Wasteful Healthcare Overutilization Due To Poor Ergonomic Behaviors
During this highly-effective behavioral training, ErgoSuite, which has been helping people improve their behaviors since 2000, provides unique operant conditioning through positive reinforcement effectively helping employees learn to adopt neutral postures and pace themselves – learning microbreaks – eventually realized as new automatic behaviors. ErgoSuite’s unique behavioral training is automatically tuned to each employee individually in real-time working in concert with their ever-changing patterns of duration, repetition and recovery time at any moment in time.
There is no panacea here. It all happens steadily and gradually over time which precisely tracks well-known models of human behavior change as taught by Applied Behavioral Analysis. There is no perfectly-straight day-to-day or month-to-month progression of behavior change as this process involves a complex system of computer software, artificial intelligence and human beings. For each employee, there are days with two steps forward and there are days with one step backwards. This is the real world of effective sustainable long-term behavior change.
The only way these new behaviors become sustainable is when the employee learns to change their behavior where they can automatically pace themselves without having to focus on it. This is no different from how a musician uses the coaching of a metronome while developing their rhythm. This is the ideal time to positively reinforce neutral postures and awareness training.
People’s capacity to learn new behaviors will vary from time to time based on many factors, however, the progression of objective data in the above chart is quite clear and significant representing how these employees are learning to automatically set their pace or beat while working with a computer for certain. ErgoSuite understands Relapse Theory quite well and gently helps employees through those times with special care.
When employees can finally automate good ergonomic behaviors including neutral postures and pacing, they are more comfortable and produce more at a higher quality of work and lower risk profile.
Other hazards such as optics, contact stress and environment issues need to periodically be addressed if they are uncovered, however, when you read each country’s regulations and laws regarding office ergonomics, you clearly see the huge prominence of the two key employee behaviors – posture and pacing.
Moreover, you absolutely and effortlessly can objectively and conclusively measure both risk levels and behavior change in office ergonomics and we’re not referring to surveys, assessments or other subjective data.