Human Factor

Data inizio
7 maggio 2019
Durata (mesi) 
Scienze Umane
Responsabili (o referenti locali)
Ceschi Andrea , Tommasi Francesco

The term “human factor” refers to the study of people within complex systems, in terms of the tools they have at their disposal. When applied to organizational contexts, it refers to the field of occupational safety to maintain the mental and physical well-being of people in the workplace (Shorrock & William, 2016). One of the ways in which organizations can promote and foster safe behaviors is through the provision of training interventions (Pietrantoni & Prati, 2010). By this, we do not mean just providing occupational safety courses; in fact, there are a number of soft skills that, if developed, can increase the level of safety in high-risk organizational settings.
An example of a high-risk industry is aviation (Dekker, 2010). The potential critical issues in aviation are high, and the risks associated with intervention activities increase. The complex systems employed in this sector, characterized by human-machine and human-team interactions, imply the possibility of human error, which is the leading cause of workplace reports and accidents (Flin et al., 2004; Shappell et al., 2017). Therefore, proper risk identification and accurate accident analysis based on human interaction are critical elements in managing safety levels. In the aviation industry, and in any high-risk organization, the development of good collaboration and leadership skills is critical, as emergency operations can severely affect the cohesion of team members. The ability to communicate effectively, work as a team, and make effective decisions under pressure have been addressed in many industry studies that have led to the development of an assessment system called Non-Technical Skills (NOTES). The APRESO Research Center participated in a project that allowed the development and application of an instrument (NOTECHS+) capable of detecting and measuring these skills (cooperation, leadership and management skills, decision-making and situational awareness) as well as constructs related to emotion regulation. The use of NOTECHS+ allows us to understand the strengths and limitations of employees in the above dimensions and to provide specific training that can strengthen the non-technical skills needed to deal with highly stressful work situations.
Research is not limited to studying the risks associated with work tasks within organizational environments. One area of research related to safety in organizations focuses on safety during commuting or traveling to and from work. Some work activities, such as business calls, are often conducted or completed during the commute from work to home. This phenomenon illustrates how daily workloads can affect workers’ safety behaviors while commuting. Examples of unsafe behaviors include smartphone use while driving or walking.
The APRESO Research Center, in collaboration with the CARRS-Q Center at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), is investigating the impact that excessive work demands may have on stress and driving safety during the work-home commute, and whether individual variables, such as personality traits, may have an effect on this relationship. Studies such as these aim to predict, as far as possible, the occurrence of work-related risky behaviors by identifying their external and internal antecedents from a risk prevention perspective.

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Finanziamento: assegnato e gestito da un ente esterno all'ateneo

Partecipanti al progetto

Andrea Ceschi
Professore associato
Riccardo Sartori
Professore associato
Francesco Tommasi
Professore a contratto
Aree di ricerca coinvolte dal progetto
Formazione e organizzazioni
work and organizational psychology
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Transportation safety and organizational demands: the role of recovery on reducing distractions while commuting Zene, Mattia; Tommasi, Francesco; Sartori, Riccardo; Ceschi, Andrea; Michalidis, Evie 2023
The NOTECHS+: A Short Scale Designed for Assessing the Non-technical Skills (and more) in the Aviation and the Emergency Personnel Ceschi, Andrea; Costantini, Arianna; Zagarese, Vivian; Avi, Eleonora; Sartori, Riccardo 2019