Title: Workplace ergonomics and quality of work life in academicians of higher education: an Indian perspective
Authors: Pankaj Agarwal; Vishal Sagar; Amar Kumar Mishra; Jitendra Chauhan
Addresses: School of Management, Graphic Era Hill University, Dehradun, India ' School of Management, Graphic Era Hill University, Dehradun, India ' IMS Ghaziabad, Ghaziabad, India ' School of Management, Graphic Era Hill University, Dehradun, India
Abstract: Academicians cater to a professional group who probably experience musculoskeletal problems due to vivid reasons such as prolonged sitting and conducting research work, evaluation, lecture preparation, administrative tasks, spending long hours on computer/laptop, less physical activity, standing for hours taking lectures and continuous pressure of advancing in career. Although, there are various reasons for musculoskeletal disorders, ergonomics plays a pivotal role in increasing/decreasing it, effecting there QWL. Hence, this study intends to investigate the above relationship empirically. Data was gathered from academicians working in higher education institutions (HEIs) of Uttarakhand, a northern province of India. Results reveal direct positive association between workplace ergonomics and QWL. Even in the presence of mediating variable (work-related musculoskeletal disorders), the direct effect was found significant which means mediating effect is partial in nature.
Keywords: workplace ergonomics; musculoskeletal disorders; quality of work life; QWL; academicians; higher education.
International Journal of Business Excellence, 2023 Vol.29 No.3, pp.309 - 325
Received: 15 May 2020
Accepted: 23 Jun 2020
Published online: 20 Feb 2023 *