Work environment, Lean and agriculture

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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

Work environment, Lean and agriculture
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Author:Karin ANDERSSON (Department1 JTI, Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Sweden)
Jörgen EKLUND (Unit of Ergonomics, School of Technology and Health, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Date: 2014-08-19     Track: C - Special sessions & technical sessions     Session: C5 - Lean in Sweden – the current situation
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2430

Lean has become the predominant management concept in industry, but its effect on the work environment is debated. Lean has now reached farms and garden nurseries. This paper aims to identify consequences for the physical and psychosocial work environment when Lean was applied in micro-businesses in the agricultural sector. Observations, a questionnaire and interviews were used as methods. It was concluded that the psychosocial work environment became more structured and less stressful. The physical work environment was partly improved by less transportation on the farm. However, consideration of the physical work environment was insufficient.