The digital work environment refers to the problems and possibilities of both physical, psychosocial and cognitive nature which results from the work tools being digitalized. Digital work environment is one of the research areas of the HTO group, and several of the members of the group work with the TIGER project since a few years.
Bengt Sandblad is our most prominent and experienced reseracher in the area of digital work environments, and he claims that:
Many IT systems are illegal, and should be stopped!
What does he mean by this? Well, if the Working Environment Act was used properly many IT systems would be stopped and not used, he claims.
Professor Bengt Sandblad explores this further and is cited in this article found in Vårdfokus which is the nurses’ union’s magazine (in Swedish).
The article describes that IT in health care has serious usability flaws and one of the people interviewed , Kerstin Forsberg, chief of the Health Professionals at Skaraborg Hospital Skövde, thinks that the new Working Environment Act launched in 2016 will help in adressing these problems.
However, professor Bengt has serious doubts and says that the new regulations are not sufficiently detailed to specific deficiencies in the IT environment to be identified and addressed.
Bengt Sandblad emphasizes that better IT and working environment requires action by all parties involved. Workers need to aquire the skills required, and be sure to acquire knowledge to identify and tackle the problem. Employers and IT industry need to focus more on good digital work environment and the Work Environment Authority must become better at using the laws that are there to intervene.
If you are interested in reading more about professor Bengt Sandblad’s work in this area we recommend the following (also in Swedish):
- Digital arbetsmiljö, 2015, rapport från Arbetsmiljöverket.
- Störande eller stödjande? Om e-hälsosystemens användbarhet 2013, rapport från Vårdförbundet med flera.