Work ability and work quality as indicators for a longer and more productive working life

Michele Meloni, Pierluigi Cocco, Giovanni Costa

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Abstract

Objective: In order to cope with the new challenges posed by globalization, job tasks and mental and physical workloads have to be re-designed to fit with levels of productivity in an ageing workforce. Methods: We tested the work ability index (WAI) and the work quality index (WQI) in a group of 14 workers in a food manufacturing plant, before and after a kaizen intervention to promote total productive maintenance. Results: The average WAI was 43, and it was not affected by age (r= 0.086, p NS), nor did it vary by occupation, whether in supervisors or in production line workers. However, among supervisors, WAI showed a modest inverse correlation with age (r = -0.239, p NS), while it was higher among production line workers (r = 0.596, p NS). Work quality (WQI) also improved, due to a 10% reduction in the average heart rate; an 84% reduction product loss in the boxing area and a 3% increase in total production. Conclusion: Although inference is limited by the small population study size, our experience suggests that kaizen intervention positively affects WAI and WQI, thus representing a good tool to promote and maintain health and safety in an ageing working population.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPromotion of Work Ability Towards Productive Aging - Selected Papers of the 3rd International Symposium on Work Ability
Pages113-116
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event3rd International Symposium on Work Ability - Promotion of Work Ability Towards a Productive Aging - Hanoi, Viet Nam
Duration: Oct 22 2007Oct 24 2007

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Other3rd International Symposium on Work Ability - Promotion of Work Ability Towards a Productive Aging
CountryViet Nam
CityHanoi
Period10/22/0710/24/07

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Meloni, M., Cocco, P., & Costa, G. (2009). Work ability and work quality as indicators for a longer and more productive working life. In Promotion of Work Ability Towards Productive Aging - Selected Papers of the 3rd International Symposium on Work Ability (pp. 113-116)