Motivating ergonomic computer workstation setup: Sometimes training is not enough

Sigurdur O. Sigurdsson, Melissa Artnak, Mick Needham, Oliver Wirth, Kenneth Silverman

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Musculoskeletal disorders lead to pain and suffering and result in high costs to industry. There is evidence to suggest that whereas conventional ergonomics training programs result in knowledge gains, they may not necessarily translate to changes in behavior. There were 11 participants in an ergonomics training program, and a subsample of participants received a motivational intervention in the form of incentives for correct workstation setup. Training did not yield any changes in ergonomics measures for any participant. Incentives resulted in marked and durable changes in targeted workstation measures. The data suggest that improving worker knowledge about ergonomically correct workstation setup does not necessarily lead to correct workstation setup, and that motivational interventions may be needed to achieve lasting behavior change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Computer workstations
  • Incentives
  • Injury prevention
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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