The 2001 HFES Membership Survey: Findings

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A second step relates to the inclusion of cultural and socioeconomic
aspects in HF/E research. HF/E professionals are not experts in all areas, and the help of professionals from other disciplines is essential in conducting thorough research. The multidisciplinary nature of the HF/E profession is a unique attribute that needs to be exploited. Third, the establishment of partnerships between universities and companies from the production and service sectors might increase awareness of HF/E issues.

Implementation of studies and interventions conducted by the research community could ultimately contribute to the improvement of working conditions and the provision of safe workplaces for all. However, participants
believed that this step might be a difficult one because some companies are reluctant to open their doors to universities. Finally, through sponsorships from HFES local chapters, HFES student chapters can participate in community programs.

Getting into community groups to conduct research involving working conditions needs to be considered in the HF/E professional agenda. University-sponsored research projects have credibility among workers, but if they are continuously exposed to interviews, surveys, and other types of data collection methods without seeing any change in their working lives, this could become a major drawback.

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