2018 Symposium Theme

Our theme for the 2018 Symposium was Work & Well-Being: How Safer, Healthier Work Can Enhance Well-Being. The TWH Program supports the development and adoption of ground-breaking research and best practices of approaches that emphasize the opportunities to sustain and improve worker safety and health through a primary focus on the workplace. The TWH approach integrates workplace interventions that protect safety and health with activities that advance the overall well-being of workers. Establishing policies, programs, and practices within the workplace that focus on advancing the safety, health and well-being of the workforce may be helpful for individuals, their families, communities, employers and the economy as a whole. TWH explores opportunities to both protect workers from hazards and advance their health and well-being by targeting the conditions of work. Our 2018 Symposium theme explored a broad range of topics related to the core values of TWH: safer work, healthier work design, and better defining and understanding worker well-being.

Areas of importance related to this conference topic include, but are not limited to:

Workplace Risks and Health Outcomes
  • Worker safety, health, and well-being implications related to:
    • Sleep, long hours of work, and fatigue
    • Sedentary work
    • Telework, solo work, and remote work
    • New employment patterns like nonstandard, contingent, and precarious work
  • Characteristics, trends, and TWH approaches for the leading causes of workplace death (motor vehicle accidents, falls, and violence)
  • Case Study perspectives of employees, employers, safety and health professionals and others related to work and chronic disease
  • Mental health in the workplace: Prevalence and solutions for a supportive work environment
Health and the Work Environment – Optimizing Organizational Policies and Practices
  • Defining meaningful work and successful approaches to creating it
  • Tearing down workplace siloes between human resources, occupational safety and health, and health benefits professionals
  • Engaging OSH professionals, urban planners, architects, and mental health providers in advancing healthy spaces and places
  • Exploring the influences of the built environment and places of work on employees’ health and work-life integration
  • Reintegration of military personnel into the workplace
  • Practical applications of TWH for small and medium-size businesses and for making the business case
Approaches to Supervision and Employee Relations and Links to Health
  • Supervisory policies, programs, and practices that value and support healthier workers and safer work spaces
  • Delineating strategies for senior level, mid-level and front line supervisors in the quest for better worker health
  • Reasonable accommodation approaches for workers with common chronic conditions including diabetes, anxiety and depression, and obesity
  • Community and work intersection
  • Examining the links between organizational success and worker health and well-being
Changing Workforce Demographics
  • Productive aging across the working life span
  • Developing supportive work environments and policies for vulnerable workers
  • Strategies for tackling stressors at home and in the workplace for dual income families
  • Supporting the safety and health of new, entry-level, or low-wage workers
  • Unemployment and health: implications for workers, those looking for work, employers, society and the economy
Work-Life Continuum and Implications for Well-being
  • Improving meaning and purpose through job crafting
  • Strategies, applications and interventions linking work and well-being
  • Models for advancing an organizational “Culture of Health”
  • Policies and interventions supporting work-life integration
  • Family and community benefits from healthier workers and workplaces
Work Design and New Technologies
  • Creating and redesigning jobs for improved safety and health
  • Robotics, nanotechnology, and other new technologies and their implications for worker safety and health
  • Implications of pervasive use of technology on work and job experience
  • Work design, benefits, and employment practices in the New Economy
Globalization and the International Economy
  • Globalization and its impact on workers
  • Examining and enacting the WHO framework for better workplace health policies
  • Work health risks, exposures, and opportunities in the developing world
  • Global Promising Practices: Successful case examples of total worker health in action around the world
Partnerships and Collaborations
  • Developing collaborative partnerships to improve worker safety, health, and well-being with:
    • Public Health professionals
    • Employers
    • Communities
    • Labor organizations
    • Academic and other researchers
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Commercial vendors
  • Linking employers with the community to achieve integrated and sustainable health and safety programs
Advancing the State of the Science for Total Worker Health: Methods for Research and Interventions
  • Utilization of health surveys in TWH research and practice
  • Defining and exploring metrics for integration, adoption, and impact
  • Applications and tools for designing healthier work in traditional and nontraditional work environments
  • Applying the latest health communications and translation research to advance TWH

Case Studies related to any of the above