Should data on gender and ethnicity inform ergonomics interventions? Lessons from four case studies

Source avec lien : Ergonomics, (En ligne). 10.1080/00140139.2022.2074098

Cet article explore quatre situations problématiques et propose des solutions, notamment en accordant plus d’attention au travail d’équipe, en tenant compte du genre pendant la formation en ergonomie et en élaborant un code de pratique pour les interventions en ergonomie.

Ergonomists intervene to improve work for all workers and adapt jobs to a range of worker characteristics. But their mandate rarely includes explicit attention to the distribution of worker demographics, to divisions among workers, or to discrimination on the basis of sex/gender or racialisation. A decades-long collaboration between ergonomists and the women’s committees of three union confederations in Québec, Canada led to several instances where ergonomists had to confront situations involving sexism or racism, not foreseen during their training. This article will explore four problematic situations and suggest solutions, including paying more attention to teamwork, considering gender during ergonomics training, and developing a code of practice for ergonomics interventions. Practitioner summary: Workplace inequities related to sex/gender, racialisation and other sources of social inequity can affect job performance and workers’ health. As such, do ergonomists need to consider them during an intervention? How? We analyse four situations encountered during interventions and suggest more attention to understanding workplace dynamics and promoting team function.

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