“For a Healthy Digital Work Environment”

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NIVA provides “Advanced Education in Occupational Health” and Gerolf Nauwerck and Åsa Cajander from the HTO group were lecturers in one of their courses last week.

Digitization and the transformation of society and work

Many of the problems related to digitalization and work were discussed during the first day of the NIVA course. We will only present some of the highlights of the course in this short blog post.

Jan Gulliksen presented how society has transformed by digitalization, and he gave examples from different areas such as school and health care. The school setting with a teacher standing in front of a class that listens has not changed in many years, Jan Gulliksen described, and perhaps it about time it changed?

There was a vivid discussion related to what jobs will disappear due to digitalization. According to a study the most likely job what will disappear in the future is being a model. In fact we already improve photos so much that soon we will not need the human model any more in the future. One of the jobs that will not disappear is being a “Beach Body Coach”, so if you are thinking of a possible future career that is a good option 😉

Cognition in the digital environment

Day two started with Sara Thomé who presented the area cognition in the digital work environment. Some of the problems areas that follow with digitalization are:

  • Information overflow
  • Communication overload
  • Flexible and boundless work
  • Usability problems
  • Technostress  

Flexible work

Christin Mellner was invited to the NIVA course to talk about the challenge of flexible work and boundary management. She gave an interesting talk on the perception of people’s different behaviour when it comes to setting boundaries between work and private life. If you choose to not answer emails out of work hours, or participate in social media outside of work you are seen as a professional and reliable person. However, some would also see you as rigid and non-flexible. If you choose to answer emails etc outside of working hours you are seen as very flexible and adaptable, but at the same time you risk being exhausted and being perceived as always being in a hurry.  

By the end of day two Åsa Cajander gave a lecture presenting our work with creating a good work environment in the collaboration programme with Region Uppsala and also with the university administration.

Gerolf Nauwerck gave a lecture presenting the different charting tools available on the market today. We were allowed to try a few questions in one of the tools, and also discuss the problems with the questions asked. This was a very appreciated lecture, and we all learned a lot.  

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