Special Issue "Emerging Psychosocial Issues in Occupational Disease and Occupational Health"
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: work stress; academic stress; university interventions; psychosocial safety; workplace digitalization; digital communication; organizational stress and well-being interventions; aviation psychology; human factors
Across the globe in 2020, the significant public health and economic impacts of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been associated with increasing levels of stress and reduced physical and mental well-being. Within this challenging context and the growing realization of the importance of people’s well-being both at work and at home, it is timely to investigate new and emerging psychosocial risks within organizations to offset their adverse effects on workers’ health and on organizational performance (Leiter et al., 2014). Within recent years, a growing body of longitudinal, multi-level and meta-analytic research has highlighted the need for comprehensive and evaluative studies examining the risks to psychosocial health and safety at the organizational and sector levels. This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) invites research papers, reviews, case reports, commentaries and conference papers to help understand the following issues: challenges of globalization and increased competition; impact of Industry 4.0 and technological change; gig economy and temporary online work platforms; increase in workplace digitalization; growth of remote work; role of surveillance; growth of digital communication; intensification of work; increase of service work and associated emotional demands (bullying, violence); intrusion of work into non-work time; conflict between family and work; impact of worker burnout, recovery or engagement; role of organizational culture or cross-cultural impacts; importance of psychosocial safety climate; and the need to design health and well-being promotion policies to address the wide-ranging and diverse occupational changes that are likely to increase in the coming years. Papers addressing these and related topics are invited for this Special Issue, especially those with an applied focus on providing optimal organizational solutions.
Dr. Silvia Pignata
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- psychosocial risks
- workplace digitalization
- remote work
- digital communication
- intensification of work
- non-work time
- psychosocial safety
- occupational changes
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Exploration of the Socioecological Determinants of Work–Life Balance: A Grounded Theory Model
Authors: Ka Po Wong
Affiliation: Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, China
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore the viewpoints of workers regarding work–life balance (WLB) and its determinants and consequences. Individual face-to-face interviews were conducted to explore the attitudes and experiences of workers towards WLB, in which 50 workers were interviewed. All data of interviews were transcribed verbatim and coded into five levels of the socioecological framework (i.e. intrapersonal level, interpersonal level, organisational level, community and government policy). Numerous determinants were identified, such as physical and mental wellbeing, work performance and personal time use. The process of achieving work–life balance for workers fluctuated due to the sudden encounter of various facilitators and barriers, which affected the wellbeing of workers—the major causal factor in determining the level of balance. The findings of this study offer important research insights into the importance of WLB and the dynamic features for workers to sustain balance.