Getting humans ready for the future workplace

Inevitably, all of this means the industry’s future workplaces are going to look very different, and it’s important that we consider the implications for design and implementation.

Although it is expected that future workforces will be more mobile, it’s also important to consider how to prepare existing workers who will be called upon to adapt their tasks, techniques, processes, and cultures.

Human factors is the most appropriate approach for redeveloping and enhancing manual and cognitive skillsets to prepare workers for changing work environments and new task demands in future production systems.

For new systems to be successful, we need to ensure that people are not only able, but keen to work with them. Ergonomics and human factors offers the scientific and systematic approach needed for effective human-robot system design.