Concurrent Session 4B: The Expanded Focus: Workplace Factors, Working Life Continuum and Well-being (Practice and Policy)



Moderator: Padmaja Naik, MBBS, MPH candidate
Co-moderator: George L. Delclos, MD, MPH, PhD

Speakers: Regina Pana-Cryan, PhD; Amber Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH; Francisco Perez, PhD; Jack Dennerlein, PhD (Integrated Total Worker Health® approach)

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 horizontal expansion, with an emphasis on workplace factors.

Learning objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to: (1) describe current research on workplace factors and their relationship to worker well-being; (2) describe how workplace factors are incorporated into the expanded focus for OSH paradigm shift; (3) discuss at least one workplace factor and how it influences (or is influenced by) personal behaviors and habits.