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Can occupational health professionals successfully apply the Goldilocks Work Paradigm in a simulated work redesign?

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posted on 2023-06-20, 23:56 authored by Stephanie ChappelStephanie Chappel, Anjum NaweedAnjum Naweed, Janine ChapmanJanine Chapman, Corneel VandelanotteCorneel Vandelanotte, Andreas Holtermann, Leon Straker
This study aimed to assess occupational health professionals’ application of the Goldilocks Work Paradigm in redesigning jobs for healthier physical behaviours while maintaining productivity. During a group simulation exercise, participants (n ¼ 16) created job descriptions for four different occupation cases (factory worker, office worker, teacher, train driver) and then redesigned the jobs using the Paradigm. Substantial changes in the time spent in sitting (9–30%), standing (8–42%), walking (6–14%), and high-intensity (0–24%) physical behaviours were achieved, which if implemented would likely result in enhanced health for workers. Overall, occupational health professionals were able to successfully redesign fictitious jobs aligned with the Goldilocks Work Paradigm. The simulation task used in this study may be useful to train professionals and assist workplaces to understand and implement the Goldilocks Work Paradigm into practice.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

66

Issue

23

Start Page

153

End Page

166

Number of Pages

14

eISSN

1366-5847

ISSN

0014-0139

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

Acceptance Date

2022-04-13

External Author Affiliations

Curtin University; National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark

Author Research Institute

  • Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Medium

Print-Electronic

Journal

Ergonomics