promoting good mental health in SMEs

adopting COBOTs

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In the context of automated work, the risk of perceiving low challenges is extremely high for repetitive tasks; to the contrary, experiences of inadequacy may arise in workers exposed to tasks requiring unusually intense or sustained focus of attention and manual precision.

This risk is strong in manufacturing industries where robots are increasingly being introduced, as they are supposed to be efficient, flexible, precise, safe, and able to unload workers from more strenuous works.

Among them, cobots are robots intended to interact directly and safely with humans in a shared workplace. Cobots enable automation within manufacturing in such a way that human workers aren’t replaced; rather, they continue to play an important role in the production operations, being supported by the cobot.

MindBot idea is to support the worker’s motivation

MindBot’s idea is to support the worker’s motivation and engagement within the cobot-worker interaction in a flexible and personalized way, in order to facilitate active and positive job experiences, thereby preventing negative experiences of anxiety or boredom and apathy.

The potential of work as an opportunity for skill implementation and goal pursuit is especially evident when dealing with populations who live in disadvantaged conditions, such as persons who experience mental health disorders.

In our new #Horizon2020 funded European research project MindBot we are looking for manufacturing companies which are interested in collaborating: our focus is the mental health of workers in the human-robot interaction. This includes factors like stress, over- and underchallenge and motivation. In the project an add-on for cobots is to be developed to improve the well-being of the employees. For this we first need a kind of “baseline assessment” of which influence cobots have on employees today.

Find out more @ https://www.mindbot.eu/ Are you interested to participate with your company? Please contact me or leave a comment!

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Project team

MindBot’s multidisciplinary team  consists of engineers, clinicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, advocacy workers, researchers all excellent in their respective field and providing the needed added value to get work done, to reach project objectives and ensure success.