The digital work environment presents challenges in terms of information and communication overflow, flexible/boundless work, poor usability of IT systems, technology hassles and competence problems. These are stressors that contribute to mental and physical strain, as well as to productivity loss.

Course objectives

To increase knowledge about occupational health issues in relation to the digital work environment To bring together knowledge from different disciplines to propose work organization solutions that ensure recovery, health, performance and productivity, for a sustainable digital work environment.

Target group

  • Researchers
  • PhD students
  • Human Resources
  • Occupational Health Services

Course outline

Lectures and team work. Examples from “real life”.

Main topics

  • Digital work factors and health
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Cognitive ergonomics
  • Physical ergonomics
  • Boundless work
  • Usability issues
  • Implementation and user competence issues
  • Tools for a sustainable digital work environment
  • Good examples!

Background

Modern working life is increasingly dependent on information and communication technology. The majority of today’s work force uses personal computers at work, and more and more tasks are digitalized.

The digital work environment presents challenges in terms of information and communication overflow, flexible/boundless work, poor usability of IT systems, technology hassles and competence problems. These are stressors that contribute to mental and physical strain, as well as to productivity loss. And these factors are well known as they have been researched for decades in the Nordic countries and internationally.

Yet, the problems persist - and even may be increasing – with continuous reports from for example employee organizations pointing to digital work factors as essential occupational health problems. Thus, there seems to be either a lack of effective solutions or a lack of implementation of effective solutions. It is plausible that the speed of developments including ever-changing applications of technology, and lacking impact assessment, contribute to this.

However, it is time to sum up, and merge, the existing knowledge from different disciplines, including organizational psychology, occupational health, information and technology sciences and ergonomics, in order to form a healthy and sustainable digital work environment.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Sep 2020
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3 days
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