Examining the effects of workstation design satisfaction, computer usage, supervisory and co-worker support on perceived physical discomfort and psychosocial factors

Michelle Robertson, Emily Huang, Nancy Larson

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Abstract

This study examined the factors of computer use, job tasks, musculoskeletal and visual discomfort and organizational support to better understand the magnitude of their impact on the safety and health of computer work employees. A cross-sectional survey was administered to a large manufacturing company to investigate these relationships. Associations between these study variables were tested along with moderating effects framed within a conceptual model. Significant relationships were found between discomfort, computer use and psychosocial factors including supervisory relations moderating the relationships between workstation satisfaction and visual and musculoskeletal discomfort. This study provides guidance for developing recommendations in designing office ergonomic interventions with the goal of reducing musculoskeletal and visual discomforts while enhancing worker performance and their quality of worklife.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationErgonomics and Health Aspects of Work with Computers - International Conference, EHAWC 2009, Held as Part of HCI International 2009, Proceedings
Pages88-94
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
EventInternational Conference on Ergonomics and Health Aspects of Work with Computers, EHAWC 2009 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 19 2009Jul 24 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5624 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Ergonomics and Health Aspects of Work with Computers, EHAWC 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period7/19/097/24/09

Keywords

  • Computer workers
  • Discomfort
  • Office ergonomics
  • Psychosocial factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Robertson, M., Huang, E., & Larson, N. (2009). Examining the effects of workstation design satisfaction, computer usage, supervisory and co-worker support on perceived physical discomfort and psychosocial factors. In Ergonomics and Health Aspects of Work with Computers - International Conference, EHAWC 2009, Held as Part of HCI International 2009, Proceedings (pp. 88-94). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 5624 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-02731-4_11