Special Issue "Promotion of Healthy Work"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).
Interests: occupational health; workplace interventions; physical activity paradox; sedentary behavior; workplace health promotion; 24-hour behavior approach; musculoskeletal pain; sickness absence; cardiovascular disease
Promoting A longer healthy sustainable working life is paramount for the economy and welfare of our societies. However, there are many considerable challenges to A long healthy sustainable working life, such as a high prevalence of musculoskeletal pain, mental disorders, reduced functional ability, obesity, low fitness level, and fatigue.
The main preventive workplace approaches, such as reductions of biomechanical workload and stress-management programs, have not shown to be able to handle these main challenges. This can be because they are limited to the aim of reducing risk for disease, rather than the more ambitious aim of promoting employees’ health. Other workplace health-promoting approaches such as physical exercises and mental-health initiatives (e.g., mindfulness) have shown potential, but with limitations of being individual-oriented and requiring time away from the productive work. Thus, they often fail by not reaching employees who are most in need and in sustaining the initiatives over a longer time.
To handle these main challenges to promoting a longer healthy sustainable working life, we therefore need new workplace health-promoting approaches targeting the productive work of all employees. In other words, how can we design productive work promoting health for all? We have very little knowledge of how work should look like to promote health, and how interventions designing work to promote health should be developed, implemented, sustained, and evaluated to become effective.
Thus, for this Special Issue, we invite submissions filling the knowledge gap on how we should design work in various occupational groups so that it promotes health. Examples of research questions can be:
- How does a productive working day promoting health look like?
- Which combination of sitting, standing, and walking at work promotes health?
- Can working tasks be modified so they provide beneficial physiological responses and adaptations?
- How can we develop and implement changes in productive work to promote health?
- Are workplace interventions aiming to design productive work promoting health feasible, effective, and sustainable?
Prof. Andreas Holtermann
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- workplace health promotion
- sustainable work
- healthy work for all
- occupational health
- workplace interventions
- design of work to promote health
- physical activity at work
- sedentary work