Ergonomics: Human Resources' Effect on Employee Engagement in the Public Sector

The discipline of ergonomics aims to understand the interaction among humans and other elements of a system to optimize human well-being and overall system performance by applying theory, principles, data and methods to design. Human Resources’(HR’s) implementation of ergonomic policies may reflect in the public acknowledgement of the discipline’s importance, availability of trainings, and work environment adaptations such as providing equipment or altering work routines. Lack of implementation or poorly implemented ergonomic policies on behalf of HR not only impacts employees, but the organization as well. Ergonomics not only creates safe and healthy work environments, but it can also improve overall system performance. This study examines the impact of ergonomic policies on employee engagement in Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS). The study is quantitative in nature and primary data will be collected via fourteen question survey utilizing online survey tool to gather common average data to determine a causal relationship between ergonomic policies implemented by HR and employee engagement in DPSS.