We often share how effective ergonomics processes improve employee engagement, health and safety, business performance and manufacturing productivity, among other benefits. Our business is built on making a difference in the working population.
What we don’t spend time talking about our people on the front line, knee-deep in grit, delivering a hard day of work to help others enjoy life. The Office of Communications at The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) shares that story in the article “Driven to Improve Workplace Safety and Comfort for Autoworkers” featuring alumna Katie Grosteffon, also a Humantech certified ergonomist.
Katie shares how her interest in the field of engineering piqued when she was just a toddler. During play, she recalls dismantling toys to see how they worked. Being a puzzle and problem-solver eventually led her to gain a degree in biomedical engineering at SEAS so she could continue to tinker. And she did…all the way to General Motors.
Through that internship she discovered a connection between engineering and people. “I spent a lot of time with the operators on the job and they showed me exactly how they performed each task. I learned how a car body was built, step by step. That experience showed me that I could use my engineering skills to improve life for people in the workplace.”
Read more about Katie’s experiences at Toyota Motor Manufacturing.