Concurrent Session 1B: Vertical expansion - Well-being and Working Life Continuum (research methods)



Moderator: Susan Wu, MPH
Co-moderator: George L. Delclos, MD, MPH, PhD
Speakers: Susan Peters, PhD, BOccThy; Jie Zhu, PhD candidate; Rebecca Guerin, PhD, CHES

Description: The world of work is undergoing major changes: in the nature of work and employment arrangements, in workforce demographics, and in the types of workplaces, all of which can affect both worker well-being and business productivity. Embracing this paradigm shift requires a more expansive, systems-thinking approach to better integrate traditional OSH and non-OSH factors, both horizontally and vertically (from a short-term perspective to a work life continuum perspective).  This session centers on the vertical expansion, with an emphasis on research aimed at worker well-being and the working life continuum.

Learning objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to: (1) describe current research on worker well-being and its determinants; (2) describe how the working life continuum is incorporated into the expanded focus for OSH paradigm shift; (3) discuss at least one methodological or measurement limitation to conducting research on worker well-being.