Identifying the psychological effects of short, repetitive andeasy tasks on production lines
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2008 (English)In: ICPQR 2008: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference onProductivity and Quality Research / [ed] Jaakko Kujala & Päivi Iskanius, University of Oulu, 2008, 221-231 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The apparel industry is recognised for repetitive tasks that undergo in cycle times of 1 to 3 minutes. These repetitive tasks would make robots of workers leading to destruction of human values resulting in poor productivity. This study was conducted to identify the psychological effects on garment production lines. Fifty female workers of a medium size garment factory located in the North-Western province, Sri Lanka answered a structured questionnaire and each was interviewed for 15 minutes. The production records were analysed and the common pattern in variation of productivity throughout the day was identified. Results show that the workers in apparel production lines experience combined effects of boredom and stress. This is evident by the mismatch between the pattern obtained for variation of productivity and the “U“ shape which had been proposed by earlier researchers 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 drives them towards hourly targets, helps alleviate boredom. The findings would be important for further research on application of possible methods to decrease boredom and stress such as by job rotation, recommending appropriate rest pauses, applying music and paying bonus for productivity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Oulu, 2008. 221-231 p.
Other Civil Engineering
Research subject Operation and Maintenance
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-62375ISBN: 978-951-42-8827-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-62375DiVA: diva2:1080329
13th International Conference on Productivity and Quality Research, ICPQR 2008, Oulu, Finland, June 25-27, 2008