Common Sense at Work

Common Sense is not so common – my Grandfather taught me this. You see concepts everyday that make total sense to you but someone else of seemingly similar competence has a big problem with that very same concept. And this is where we started with Workplace Sense – things that seem to make perfect sense to […]

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Happy New Year, new start

Another year has flown by – since I started this blog I got bogged down after 3 months and wanted to make sure the posts were good quality. Which added up to analysis paralysis.. classic! Quick summary of 2016. January started well, completed an external ISO audit for Schlumberger, ended with a layoff (release). February was […]

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Understanding

Task Analysis, is a critical tool for an Ergonomist. Understanding the who, what, when, where, why, and how, of the users tasks make the job of the Ergonomist real. Over the years I have taught/encouraged many of my colleagues to do this, and why it is important. I was lucky enough to learn this from […]

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Concepts

My very first job was as an Ergonomist in an Industrial Design team. In such a small team, just 3 designers, I was able to have my hands on all of their projects. Industrial Design is an incredible art form, the ability to distill a problem, produce multiple “concepts”, detail one or more idea to a […]

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Context

In the world of Ergonomics and Human Factors we have a very simple systems approach to everything we do. The user is in the center, the controls, displays, machines that we interact with come next, the workspace, furniture, storage, that we use comes next, and then the environment, lighting, noise, vibration, temperature. This systems approach […]

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