Is it possible to make intralogistics jobs competitive and ergonomic?
Not many jobs in intralogistics promote good health in the long term. Lots of walking and lifting heavy objects generally means strenuous work for intralogistics specialists. The need for flexible approaches and the constant pressure to perform well and meet deadlines also causes stress. There is often too little scope for individual decision-making and too few incentives for learning or brainstorming. There is a trend toward relying on precise requirements and stringent checks to ensure excellent quality and performance. In turn, jobs and the workplace become less appealing.
Because an employee’s health is inextricably linked with their ability and willingness to perform, staff health directly affects an employer’s competitive strength. An aging workforce makes it more important than ever to consider long-term perspectives. Along these lines, the physical and mental health of intralogistics specialists is and will remain important. It is also essential that they feel motivated to continuously add to their skill sets and perform well regardless of age. And their employer must do all it can to foster their motivation and loyalty to the company. To this end, designing workstations to be ergonomic promotes good health. Preventing health problems is preferable to curing them, after all. It really is quite simple: workplace conditions affect employees’ health. Not just on a daily basis, but for the duration of their career.
Traditional intralogistics methods of analysis, planning, and evaluation emphasize competitiveness. Conversely, people pay too little attention to ensuring that employers remain appealing and employees stay healthy. As for intralogistics work systems, there is still an insufficient grasp of the correlations between physical exertion, psychological stress, rest/recuperation, and productive capacity. The PreVilog project team is examining these correlations.
The PreVilog project kicks off with development of a novel monitoring system that visualizes non-ergonomic stresses in specific contexts that pose short-term and long-term hazards to an employee’s health. On the basis of the monitoring data collected, project partners can then define approaches, models, and methods that promote phases of stress and relaxation in accordance with proper ergonomics and preventive health care. This endeavor seeks to minimize health problems and the risk of premature declines in employee performance.