Special Issue "The Development and Evaluation of Workplace Interventions"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Occupational Safety and Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.
Interests: development; implementation and evaluation of workplace interventions; practice improvement; health promotion in the workplace
Interests: determinants of workplace health and well-being; management of workplace health; job design and organisational climate; organizational health interventions; intervention evaluation methodology
Interests: Workplace intervention development; Impact of hidden conditions and disabilities on work, management and execution of health research in workplace settings; Working with patient and public involvement representatives in research.
Interests: Work as a health outcome; Enabling people living with ongoing pain to have sustainable working lives; Lifespan perspectives on occupation in support of good health; Use of qualitative methodologies to contribute to improving wellbeing at work.
The workplace is a major setting that structures much of our daily lives and impacts on the health of the population and on the productivity of our organisations. Work and employment are key social determinants of health and social inequalities and are economically and socially important to individuals, communities and society as a whole. We know that good-quality work has benefits for health and wellbeing and that the organisation and structure of work and the workplace environment itself can directly impact (both positively and negatively) on physical and mental health as well as performance and productivity. At the same time, the nature of work (including job roles) and that of the workplace are rapidly changing. The current pandemic, along with agile and mobile working, technological advancements and automation and precarious employment, to name a few, are factors that have all contributed to short- or long-term changes to the nature and quality of work. These factors challenge the traditional conceptions and definition of work and workplaces but can also bring new opportunities and constraints for workplace health promotion. There is increasing recognition among employers that unhealthy practices and work environments can adversely affect the health and productivity of their employees. Therefore, workplaces, as physical and/or virtual and social settings, have the potential to create opportunities and the space for health monitoring and health promotion. Work organisations are conduits for population health, and workplace interventions can access large and relatively stable working-age cohorts, provide an opportunity to reach particular segments of that population and harness powerful setting-based social and cultural dynamics to bring upon positive change for workforces and the society.
We invite papers addressing topics on the development, implementation and/or evaluation of health-focused workplace interventions. Papers can be conceptual or empirical, but we especially welcome studies combining a high academic standard with a practical focus on evidence-based solutions for specific workplace problems, health issues and industries, as well as solutions that can be transferable across sectors. The aim of this Special Issue is to document how the field of workplace health interventions is moving forward. Therefore, submissions that build on and advance the latest knowledge and practice in the field are encouraged.
Some areas of interest include:
- What are the key future research priorities for workplace interventions?
- Measuring the cost-effectiveness and cost–benefits of workplace interventions—building an economic evaluation framework for trial designs
- Developing systems-informed workplace interventions
- Implementation science: using evidence from workplace interventions to change practice
- The role of process evaluation in workplace intervention research
- Ethical considerations when designing and delivering workplace research
- Opportunities and challenges in setting up and testing workplace interventions in different workplace settings (including gig/platform workers)
- Scoping and designing novel workplace interventions to support workers with hidden conditions and disabilities
- Designing different approaches to delivery health surveillance interventions in the workplace setting (e.g., dermatitis or respiratory surveillance)
Dr. Evangalia Demou
Dr. Maria Karanika-Murray
Dr. Vaughan Parsons
Dr. Elaine Wainwright
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Workplace-based health interventions, organisational interventions, primary, secondary, tertiary, workplace health promotion, occupational, evidence-based, health care costs, organisational change, intervention evaluation, process evaluation, health and well-being, performance, productivity, research-practice