About Beyond Ergo

Beyond Ergo goes beyond the accepted ideas of office ergonomics training because the modern office workplace is too complex for the traditional office ergonomics checklist and occasional workstation assessments. 

New open plan offices, activity-based or hot-desking options, sit-stand workstations, telecommuting, multiple screens (including personal phones), and new health risks associated with sedentary work have created an extremely complex and dynamic problem for workplace health and safety programs.

However, Beyond Ergo has combined the latest ergonomics and wellness research to create a unique, multidisciplinary and interactive training program that builds the new self-care competencies employees need to make educated health, safety and wellness decisions. These are decisions on small adjustments that may change hour by hour to allow for variations in work, work location, furniture and equipment, and even their health on the day.

This training combines the strengths of participative ergonomics, vocational education and training, and wellness strategies to build an individual’s knowledge and self-care skills to manage the immediate work environment, workstation ergonomics and healthy work behaviours.

The program also ensures training transfer and encourages ownership of personal health, safety and wellness. Beyond Ergo endeavours to reinforce the belief that risk factors leading to discomfort and injury can be eliminated or at least managed and each trainee can protect themselves from injury now and in the future.

Founded by Dr Elizabeth Kirk (PhD) in late 2014, the company was initially called Practical Ergonomics but was renamed in February 2018 to highlight the need for holistic, multidisciplinary skill-based training. Training that enables trainees to quickly apply and personalise all the latest recommendations using multiple screens and wherever they choose to work.

Dr Elizabeth Kirk (PhD)

Elizabeth is one of Australia’s leading researchers and trainers in the new ergonomic and self-care competencies staff need to flourish in our increasingly mobile, screen-intensive workplace, with a special interest in contact centres.

Elizabeth started her career with a degree in human movement, before moving into experiential learning, and training and development.

Working as an in-house trainer and contact centre consultant with a major Brisbane finance and insurance company ignited her passion for exploring why existing office ergonomic interventions did not effectively reduce rates of work-related musculoskeletal discomfort and associated high rates of absenteeism, presenteeism, stress and attrition.

This resulted in Elizabeth undertaking a PhD at the University of Queensland, on the topic “Building Safe Computer Use Skills Training as a Management Strategy for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Computer Users.”

Her ground-breaking office ergonomics research resulted in Liz receiving the Dean’s Award in 2013 at The University of Queensland.

Now, as the founder and lead training of Beyond Ergo, Liz and her team design and deliver programs and talks in a range of formats, including keynotes, virtual workshops, lunchtime talks, and programs specifically designed to enhance the skills of frontline leaders.

What we do: We help businesses, especially contact centres, reduce rates of absenteeism, stress and attrition by training frontline leaders to coach simple changes in ergonomic adjustments and work behaviours that decrease work-related pain, increasing comfort and productivity, and improving labour cost efficiency.


Keynote: The $7Billion Dollar Training Failure

In this fast-paced, highly-interactive keynote Dr Liz Kirk takes her audiences into just how using outdated and unchallenged training approaches to ergonomics and workplace behaviours is creating a $7Billion problem for all Australian industry. A master of translating what is required into how to do it, with frameworks easily understood by any audience, and practical strategies which make a difference for audience members the MINUTE they walk out of her rooms, Dr Liz Kirk’s’ signature keynote unlocks the simplicity in what needs to occur to shift from check-box training to personal responsibility when it comes to strengthening our workforce – instead of hurting them.

Driven by a passionate belief that NONE of us wants to live in pain, Dr Liz Kirk’s engaging, conversational style encourages a new perspective, and a shift to doing what will work in a multi-screen, highly mobile workforce for the leader in our corporate landscape – and most importantly the people whom we lead.

Delivered as short insightful talks or full-length keynotes to boardrooms, associations, or part of professional development programs, Click here to download Dr Kirk’s speaker profile.

Dr Kirk’s Position Paper

This position paper outlines the need for this new tier of training for screen-intensive work that bridges the gap between WHS and Wellbeing. Training designed to ensure employees have essential Ergo and Self-Care competencies enabling them to take greater personal responsibility for their health, safety and wellbeing at a time when, as our workforce becomes increasingly mobile, businesses have less control over their work environment and less able to support healthy work behaviours.  Click here to download the executive summary or full paper. 

Capability Statement 

Click here for our detailed Capability Statement in PDF format. Key Company Facts. Discover how to update office ergonomics training covering modern multi-screens and mobile workforce, leading to decreased pain and absenteeism and increased productivity and staff engagement.

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