Workplace Health & Technology

Published on 17 Nov 2020

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What’s out there to help workplaces in their quest for health and safety?


Fatigue and other causes of decreased alertness are serious problems, costing employers $13 billion a year due to absenteeism, presenteeism, work injuries and accidents and general healthcare expenses.

Causes of workplace cognitive impairment include:

  • Fatigue
  • Substance abuse
  • Illness
  • Disease

MyCogniFIT is a testing protocol developed by neuroscience researchers at York University in Ontario, Canada that measures an employee’s performance on a visuomotor task.

The failure of the employee to perform in a manner consistent with their baseline performance profile suggests suboptimal cognitive functionality at the time of testing.

Employees develop their own unique baseline performance levels through repetitive initial testing.

The subsequent daily testing is performed by the employee on a tablet or smartphone prior to the start of the workday (or as otherwise designated to suit employer requirements).

If the daily performance level deviates consistently and significantly from baseline levels, the result is flagged to the employee’s supervisor for appropriate action.

The opportunity and risk of virtual learning

There is no doubt that 2020 has seriously interrupted “business as usual”. With so many online presentations, webinars and Zoom meetings, virtual has very much become a way of life.

For many organisations, meeting their learning and safety requirements means needing to move a lot of their learning online – whether this be to meet compliance requirements, for the team to learn new products and services, or for staff development.

This creates both a tremendous opportunity and risk, depending on how well these needs are met.

“Given the tighter budget constraints for most business, as a result of the economy, it is tempting to pay less attention to the subtleties of what makes digital or virtual learning work and adopt a more simplistic ‘let’s just move that online instead’ approach”, notes Charles Masuku from APM’s sister organisation and RTO, MCI Solutions.

“We have seen PowerPoint decks simply sprinkled with some colour and a dash of animation to ‘tick the box’ so to speak and unsurprisingly suffer very little uptake, low engagement and minimal if any skills building or behavioural change as a result. This does not have to be the case” he said.

Charles went further to say: “Nothing replaces creative instructional design and sound learning methodology; and better yet, it does not have to break bank.

Below are 4 webinars we delivered complementary for our learning community prior to COVID-19 that, based on feedback, were a tremendous resource for them as the pandemic developed.

The series focused on what would become the theme for 2020: The Virtual Classroom and Microlearning.”

One of the great reasons MCI was recently awarded Australia’s most innovative training organisation by the Australian Financial Review!

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