Publication Date



Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 03-95




Pre- and post-intervention data on health outcomes, absenteeism, and productivity from a longitudinal, quasi-experimental design field study of office workers was used to evaluate the economic consequences of two ergonomic interventions. Researchers assigned individuals in the study to three groups: a group that received an ergonomically designed chair and office ergonomics training; a group that received office ergonomics training only; and a control group. The results show that while training alone has neither a statistically significant effect on health nor productivity, the chair-with-training intervention substantially reduced pain and improved productivity. Neither intervention affected sick leave hours.

Issue Date

May 2003


Research was supported by grants to Dr. DeRango and Dr. Amick from Steelcase Corporation. Health and Work Outcomes collected the data with the support of funding from Steelcase Corporation. Dr. Robertson's participation was supported by the Liberty Mutual Safety Research Institute.

Subject Areas

UNEMPLOYMENT, DISABILITY, and INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAMS; Workers compensation and disability; Occupational health and safety


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DeRango, Kelly, Benjamin C. Amick, Michelle Robertson, and Ted Rooney, et al. 2003. "The Productivity Consequences of Two Ergonomic Interventions." Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 03-95. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.