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Human aspects in office automation.
Elsevier Series in Automation, No. 1. Cohen BGF, ed., New York: Elsevier Science Publishers, 1984 May; :1-322
Working can and should be beneficial to one's health and well-being. But if the human element is not considered in the workplace, the potential benefits of working are lost. Office work has traditionally been depicted as neat, clean and free from factors that threaten safety and health. Typically, the occupational health problems of clerical workers have been dismissed as insignificant or trivial, despite research indicating that many subtle and overt concerns of office workers need to be addressed .The advent of automation can and should further enhance human health and well-being by decreasing the number of repetitious and tedious tasks and increasing opportunities for accomplishments and personal job satisfaction. Instead, automation in the office--the largest and fastest growing sector of the workforce--is generating more tedium and job fragmentation, which imposes additional problems to this occupational group. Job strain and associated health problems develop particularly when the worker is perceived more as a part of the automated system than as an important human being. These problems can no longer be brushed aside since scientific evidence documents occupational stress as a threat to worker health in numerous offices.
Air-contamination; Air-quality; Automation; Clinical-symptoms; Computer-equipment; Emotional-stress; Employee-health; Environmental-contamination; Epidemiology; Ergonomics; Eye-irritants; Eye-strain; Fatigue; Health-hazards; Industrial-emissions; Industrial-hygiene; Job-stress; Job-stress; Lifespan; Mental-health; Muscle-stress; Mutagens; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-health-programs; Office-equipment; Office-workers; Physical-stress; Psychological-disorders; Psychological-effects; Questionnaires; Skin-irritants; Sociological-factors; Solvent-vapors; Ventilation-systems; Worker-health; Workplace-studies
Human aspects in office automation, Elsevier series in office automation, no. 1
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division