How Design Empowers and Boosts Collaboration, Production, and Health



GIG Design Collaborates On Department and Employee Work Spaces Improving:

  • Work Station to Role + Task
  • Diet Behaviors
  • Leisure
  • Play Needs
  • Interdependent Roles

CASE STUDY

Work Environment Observations included details of peer usage to square footage, spacial division, products for task, product placement, lighting, noise, temperature, and peer engagement.

Observations of Employee included signs of distress as exhibited by facial expressions, frequent posturing with head tilted into hand through elbow support, uncharacteristic pauses of production.

Following a verbal and physical assessment the seamstress was identified as under-responsive.

Under-responsiveness

This is categorized by muted, delayed responses, and low sensory registration. This individual passively regulates their nervous system, has a high threshold to sensory stimuli, and passively reacts to sensations. They may appear uninterested, apathetic, or self-absorbed but it’s likely their nervous system isn’t picking up on tactile, posture, audible, and pressure sensations. Generally this person misses cues and directions. Under-responsiveness is a hypo-sensitive nervous system.

Additional under-responsive traits include low energy, minimal interaction, and unaffected by tactile experiences. This seamstress is prone to future onset of pain, anxiety, and injury.

RESULTS

Pain

Incorporated 30-45 minute breaks, plus an ergonomically fit sewing station and training reduces back pain or onset of musculoskeletal issues. Regulating sleep, diet, and exercise improves body strength.

Anxiety

Introduction of products and/or modification to the workstation improved engagement within work environment. Accountability, production, and awareness of workplace culture objectives set and met through peer socialization.

Injury

Fine motor (pinching, grasping, etc) strengthening and tactile awareness (needles, texture, graded joint pressure), plus task and sewing machine modifications may prevent future hand and wrist injuries.

Camille Dieterle, Brittany Frederick, Anita Joy Prins