Human Factors in Workplace Design

Melissa Steach,
Human Factors & Ergonomics Specialist
Herman Miller, Inc.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
3:00 PM EST

When we feel better, we work better. That’s one of many reasons it’s critical to consider human factors in workplace and home office design. A workspace that takes the whole human into consideration - that encourages movements large and small throughout the day, that allows us to initiate and regulate social interaction, and that takes into consideration factors like personal space, physical and psychological proximity, and territoriality –helps us feel better. It improves our health, comfort, and connection. By providing an overview of physical, social, and cognitive ergonomics, this presentation will help participants design, or arrange, workspaces that are healthier for their employees, coworkers, and themselves.

Melissa Steach is a fellowship-winning artist, best-selling author and Doctoral Candidate in I-O Psychology with certifications in positive psychology interventions and ergonomics. She's also a human factors and ergonomics specialist at Herman Miller, Inc.
A visionary who combines art with research, Melissa explores personal / organizational culture and behaviors to understand how our environment can better engage, empower, even shape how we engage ourselves and each other. Above any education, Melissa considers her experience growing up in housing projects in the South and subsequent search for self through trying on many different careers, to be her most valuable credential.