Cognitive work is done together
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Cognitive work constantly changes as workspaces, tools and work itself changes. This is why work must be constantly developed. What worked yesterday may not work today. What works today may no longer work tomorrow.
Ergonomics means modifying work so that it flows well and promotes people’s health and safety. Cognitive ergonomics focuses on the cognitive aspects of work, such as the demands of perception, memory, learning, linguistic functions and decision-making, as well as cognitively demanding working conditions. Everyone can improve the cognitive ergonomics of their own work, thus reducing unnecessary cognitive strain, and facilitate the flow of work.
However, many good cognitive ergonomic practices are more effective when followed by the entire work community. The realization of good cognitive ergonomics often requires organizational ergonomics as support, in which working with information is facilitated by joint agreements and supervisor support. It is also essential that management is committed to effective and healthy cognitive work by providing a framework which enables this.
Brain strain test
Which of the following situations are you familiar with in your work? Please indicate below which situations apply at your workplace.
This manual offers a number of solutions for all of these situations, which have been developed and used at workplaces: