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Identifying the psychological effects of short, repetitive and easy taskson production lines
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics. (Human Factors)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8693-3431
2008 (English)In: 13th InternationalConference on Productivity and QualityResearch: ICPQR 2008 / [ed] Jaakko Kujala & Päivi Iskanius, Oulu, 2008, 221-231 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The apparel industry is recognised for repetitive tasks that undergo in cycle times of 1 to 3minutes. These repetitive tasks would make robots of workers leading to destruction ofhuman values resulting in poor productivity. This study was conducted to identify thepsychological effects on garment production lines. Fifty female workers of a medium sizegarment factory located in the North-Western province, Sri Lanka answered a structuredquestionnaire and each was interviewed for 15 minutes. The production records wereanalysed and the common pattern in variation of productivity throughout the day wasidentified. Results show that the workers in apparel production lines experience combinedeffects of boredom and stress. This is evident by the mismatch between the pattern obtainedfor variation of productivity and the “U“ shape which had been proposed by earlierresearchers considering the effects of boredom alone. This fact was further verified as 56%of the workers who responded to the questionnaire declaring that the stress, which drivesthem towards hourly targets, helps alleviate boredom. The findings would be important forfurther research on application of possible methods to decrease boredom and stress such asby job rotation, recommending appropriate rest pauses, applying music and paying bonus forproductivity.

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Oulu, 2008. 221-231 p.
Keyword [en]
Repetitive Tasks, Apparel Industry, Hourly target, Boredom, Stress
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Human Work Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-60981ISBN: 978-951-42-8827-2OAI: diva2:1054824
13th International Conference on Productivity and Quality Research - ICPQR 2008
Human Factor
Available from: 2016-12-09 Created: 2016-12-09 Last updated: 2016-12-09

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