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5)    Learning the skills not only for themselves but then also teaching other employees in their work units

6)    Receiving support and encouragement from their supervisors.

  

   Finally, transforming technostress into technohealth appears possible within a comprehensive training program which has been described in detail by Peper and Gibney (2006) in their book, Muscle Biofeedback at the Computer: A Manual to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) by Taking the Guesswork out of Assessment, Monitoring and Training. We recommend that any workplace consider implementing intervention training programs to help their employees maintain and enhance health as well as prevent "Karoshi". By learning technohealth skills, worker's compensation claims can be reduced and health at the computer workstation can be enhanced. As one participant said, "I now feel alive after five."

 

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