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Journal of Ergonomics
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Research Article

Patterns of Discomfort

Conne Bazley1*, Rachel Nugent2 and Peter Vink1

1Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Landbergstraat 15, 2628CE Delft, the Netherlands

2National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway), University Road Galway, Ireland

*Corresponding Author:
Conne Bazley
Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
Delft University of Technology
Landbergstraat 15, 2628CE Delft
the Netherlands
Tel: +1(310)394-1811
Email: [email protected]

Received date: December 19, 2014; Accepted date: February 15, 2015; Published date: February 22, 2015

Citation: Bazley C, Nugent R, Vink P (2015) Patterns of Discomfort. J Ergonomics 5:136. doi: 10.4172/2165-7556.1000136

Copyright: ©2015 Bazley, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



A review of literature on comfort and discomfort indicates an increase in physical discomfort during the workday. In this paper, three different types of occupations were studied to identify whether a similar discomfort pattern exists in these occupations while participants perform work throughout the work day and workweek. Results are that sedentary and labor intensive occupations show an increase in physical discomfort throughout the workday. In addition, during the workweek, each occupation had a peak discomfort day and all occupations experienced a reduction of discomfort at the end of the last day of the workweek. Acknowledging and understanding why, when, and where discomfort peaks occur could assist in varying task scheduling to improve job performance. Future research should include emotional and psychological discomfort assessments, investigation of effects of age, time of year, and location in the world are warranted.


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