It is important for everyone to regularly develop their working methods
Working environments, working methods and the content of work change continuously, and people may be subject to stress factors related to having a hectic pace of work and having to process large quantities of information. The development of work can improve work ability and coping with the demands of work. We help make work smoother and more productive.
Work sparring is a tool for the development of work
What is work sparring?
Large workloads and the related hectic pace of work can become stress factors. Coping with the demands of work is also compromised by inflexible processes and role conflicts, for example. Work sparring aims to address these structures of work and working conditions. Making work smoother and developing work processes can improve the internal quality and performance of the workplace. The outcomes also include improved job satisfaction, productivity, growth and competitiveness.
How do we help with work sparring?
Work sparring is usually chosen as a result of a workplace survey, organizational survey or diagnosis workshop. The sparring takes place in workshops where the entire workplace community focuses on the structures of work and the working conditions. The themes to be discussed can include work processes and workflows, the allocation of duties, the sharing of information and the rules to be followed in the workplace community. The workshops are facilitated by an occupational psychologist and the number of sessions is determined based on the themes to be discussed.
Ensuring cognitive ergonomics optimizes work
Cognitive ergonomics refers to managing information overload at work by planning how information is processed. It also involves ensuring that the right information is communicated to the right people through the right channels. The key is to reduce disruptions in order to support focus on work and ensure that the members of the workplace community can work in peace.
Jobs are becoming increasingly information-intensive in all sectors: we are continuously receiving and producing new information at work. Communication technology is a routine aspect of all work, and the increased use of remote work has further accelerated this trend. Some 75% of employees use a computer at work, and one-third of employees spend over four hours per day at a computer. The requirements concerning the processing of information are growing continuously, and the speed at which information flows is increasing. These changes can make employees feel uncertain about their adequacy.
The cognitive demands of work can be assessed using various methods, including observation, interviews and questionnaires. The results can be used to plan ways to make the flow of information, and information processing, easier. This can help reduce the workload and the demands of work. The methods used to solve problems related to cognitive ergonomics are chosen according to the needs of the individual, workplace community or organization.