Ergonomics can not only contribute to employee health and safety, but also to employee creativity, and therefore to a company’s innovation strategy. Employees who work in a creativity stimulating work environment express more novel and useful ideas for the company’s products, services, processes, work methods, etc. than employees who work in a less stimulating environment. This paper presents our current research in this new area for ergonomics: (1) The CDQS tool to assess a company’s “climate for creativity” and (2) empirical evidence that a climate for creativity leads to more creative behaviour.

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Keywords Employee creativity, Physical work environment, Social-organizational work environment
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1201/EBK1439835074, hdl.handle.net/1765/111476
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Dul, J. (2010). Ergonomics’ contributions to a company’s innovation strategy. In Advances in Occupational, Social, and Organizational Ergonomics (pp. 782–785). doi:10.1201/EBK1439835074