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Alison Heller-Ono

As a pioneer in the ergonomics consulting industry since 1993, Alison has used her expertise, experience, know-how and savvy to change the way people work from employee to employee, organization to organization resulting in improved employee health and organizational productivity. Alison Heller-Ono PT, CDA, CPE Certified Management Consultant President/CEO 831-648-8724


WINetwork: A Global Ergonomics Community

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on January 10, 2023

The pandemic has changed our sense of community.  During the pandemic, everything changed. Most of us were forced to transition from working in the office to working from home and online. In the process, we learned how to adapt and connect worldwide. Online communities thrived during the pandemic and continue today. The WINetwork is an example of unifying the ergonomics community globally.  

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Santa’s Holiday Back Safety Tips

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on December 14, 2022

With the holidays upon us, there comes a significant amount of stress and overexertion that can lead to an increase in musculoskeletal discomfort. To start the new year off with a healthy and happy back, share these back safety tips with family, friends, and your employees.

Employees who feel well physically and emotionally perform at higher levels, so it's important to support their wellness within and outside of the organization.

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The Well Workplace Model

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on November 2, 2022

While the pandemic had changed our work and home lives in the short term, its impact of it in the long term remains to be seen around the world. An important outcome of the pandemic is the rise of interest in wellness and well-being, especially in the workplace. 

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Is Our New Way of Working Helping Or Hurting Women?

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on November 1, 2022

Pre-Pandemic Workforce Trends 

The impact of the pandemic as a societal change agent has been powerful. In fact, nothing in the last few decades has had more influence on the impact of women at work. There are numerous studies implicating the differences in how the pandemic has affected men and women differently over the last two years. In reality, many of these societal/cultural changes started long before the pandemic.

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The Downside and Hazards of Desk Converters

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on October 25, 2022

In recent years, the desk converter has become very popular. If you aren't familiar with the pros and cons of these devices, then read on. A desk converter is an external device added to an existing desk to allow sit-to-stand postural changes. A desk converter is placed directly on the surface or mounted to the surface. A variety of desk converter designs are available offering alternative placement of single, dual and or laptop monitor placement. 

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5 Strategies You Need to Know Before You Invest in New Office Chairs

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on October 17, 2022

When your employee tells you they have back pain from sitting, do you immediately think you need to replace his/her chair? And if you do replace it, do you worry about whether their cubicle neighbor to the right and left will want one too? Then before you know it…many employees are reporting the same; bringing in therapy balls or asking for ergonomic evaluations to justify replacing their ergonomic office chairs.

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6 Effective Strategies for Self-Care

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on October 11, 2022

As a Physical Therapist, I’ve treated people with occupational and non- occupational musculoskeletal injuries for the last 30 years. Many of the employees I’ve helped in the workplace reported experiencing early discomfort but chose to wait to report their concerns to their employer. By the time they reported their problem, they had a full blown (neuro) musculoskeletal disorder requiring weeks of medical care and even time off from work. With knowledge of self-care, many of these disorders could have been prevented!

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Ergonomics Credentials are Like Alphabet Soup

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on September 6, 2022

Ergonomics Credentials are Like Alphabet Soup

These days ergonomic credentials are like a bowl of alphabet soup leading to lots of confusion for buyers of ergonomics services and those seeking to uplevel their career with ergonomics. There are many credentials available in the ergonomics training marketplace. Understanding the various ergonomics credentials helps to understand the education, training, and experiences impacting the quality of service provided, the fees charged and the results the buyer or employer will achieve. 

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The Most Popular Ergonomics Certificates and Certification Courses

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on August 26, 2022

Nowadays its critical employers focus on employee health, safety, and well-being more than ever. The cultural shift to ensure employees are working well has never been a higher priority. To that end, the science of ergonomics is proven to help promote better performance, health, and well-being for employees, making a positive impact on organizations. But who is your organization's designated ergonomics specialist? And are they certified to perform at the level you need them to? 

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Teachers Need Good Ergonomics, too!

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on August 16, 2022

Teacher Retention Essential for this School Year

The return to in-person learning, mask debates, increased gun violence and political arguments over what can and can’t be taught have all played a role in teacher retention.

And these pressures are putting a strain on teachers that are already burnt out from the staff shortages, especially in math, science, special education, and early childhood education.

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