Improving the psychosocial issues

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  • Reduce monotonous aspects, rotating workers between tasks.
  • Ensure reasonable workloads – assess the speed of production and involve workers when determining workload.
  • Ensure a good climate of communication.
  • Ensure task clarity (eg clear performance requirements, feedback on performance, and lines of reporting).
  • Encourage teamwork.
  • Monitor and manage overtime working. Overtime increases the duration of exposure and reduces the time for recovery. There should be a break before starting overtime.

Work pressures

Ensure pay does not relate directly to production. Bonus systems and job-and-finish can increase the risks because they encourage people to work beyond their natural capacity. If there is a bonus system, try to reduce the extent to which it is related to productivity – aim for a balance between bonus systems and workload.

  • Ensure a good climate of communication.
  • Develop an appropriate work rest schedule.
  • Allow for short breaks or micro pauses in work schedules.
  • Allow a gradual build up to full production speed, for example, when new workers start and when people return from absence.
  • Allow time for the maintenance of tools.

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Updated: 2021-10-11