NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series

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NIOSH is pleased to launch a new webinar series on the future of work. With the participation of NIOSH researchers and external experts, this series aims to inform and engage audiences on fundamental future of work priority topics and sub-topics. We hope that you will join us as we explore subjects and critical questions vital for the safety, health, and well-being of tomorrow’s workforce.

Upcoming Webinars

The Role of Economic Security in the Future of Work

Wednesday, December 7, 12:30-1:30pm ET

Registration Page/Link: https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_7ALABcQzTemMiQk_uxNgHQ

You are invited to join the sixth webinar in the new NIOSH series on the future of work, covering the priority topic of economic security. This webinar, presented by the NIOSH Future of Work Initiative, will help occupational safety and health (OSH) and allied professionals and practitioners understand how adequate wages, equitable and commensurate compensation and benefits, and minimum guaranteed hours are vital to determining worker health and well-being. Economic security is particularly critical because it is closely connected with many other CDC/NIOSH Future of Work priority topics such as emerging technologies, technological job displacement, organizational design, work arrangements, and demographics.

Featured speakers will highlight select sub-topics; and discuss safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Moderator:

Dr. Regina Pana-Cryan:
Rene is Chief Economist and Director of the Economic Research and Support Office in the Office of the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She also co-manages the NIOSH Healthy Work Design and Worker Well-being Cross-Sector Program. Her current interests include understanding how to improve the design of work, management practices, and the physical and psychosocial work environment in order to enable workers to thrive and contribute productively at work, at home, and in society. Rene joined NIOSH in 1996 as a post-doctoral Prevention Effectiveness Fellow.

Speakers:

Dr. Tapas K Ray:
Tapas K Ray is an Economist at NIOSH and the Assistant Coordinator for the NIOSH Healthy Work Design and Well-being (HWD) program. In addition, he teaches graduate-level managerial and health economics courses at Miami University, Oxford. He is also an outcome research consultant at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Tapas has over 25 years of interdisciplinary research experience in environmental economics, public health, and social research in developed and developing economies. He completed his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Connecticut and his MS from the Delhi School of Economics. His areas of interest include health evaluation; well-being measurement; survey design and analysis (NHIS, GSS, CPS, Gallup Well-being index); decision analysis, and future of work.

Sarika Abbi, MPA:
Sarika is the Associate Director for the Aspen Institute’s Financial Security Program. She leads the work at Benefits21, which aims to modernize the design and delivery of benefits to ensure financial security and economic dignity of all workers. She has spent nearly 15 years in financial inclusion and financial security work, both internationally and domestically, with expertise in program management, product design, and research and evaluation. Sarika earned her Master of Arts in Public Administration from New York University and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Past Webinars

The Role of Robotics in the Future of Work

NIOSH Science Blog: https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2022/06/03/robotics-fow/

The fifth webinar in the NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series focused on robotics. The webinar offered an overview of robotics trends, implications for worker safety and health, and the NIOSH Center for Occupational Robotics Research. Findings were presented on ways to assess both human-robot interaction safety risks and exoskeleton performance in differing temperatures.

The featured moderator and speakers discussed select technological job displacement sub-topics and the safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Moderator and Speakers:

Scott Henn, MS, CIH
Industrial hygienist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Dawn Castillo, MPH
Director of the Division of Safety Research and Manager for the Center for Occupational Robotics Research, the Center for Motor Vehicle Safety, and the Traumatic Injury Prevention Program at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Chukwuma (Chuma) Nnaji, MBA, PhD
Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

The Role of Technological Job Displacement in the Future of Work
Webinar Recording

NIOSH Science Blog: https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2022/02/15/tjd-fow/

The fourth webinar in the NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series focused on the role of technological job displacement in the future of work. The webinar helped occupational safety and health (OSH) and allied professionals and practitioners understand and address OSH implications of automation; digitalization; job quantity and quality; occupational polarization; productivity enhancement and quality improvement through automated manufacturing; and stable, new, and redundant work.

The featured moderator and speakers discussed select technological job displacement sub-topics and the safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Moderator and Speakers:

Chia-Chia Chang, MPH, MBA
Coordinator in the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health® and Coordinator in the NIOSH Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Cross-Sector Program

Naomi Swanson, PhD, MA
Senior Science Advisor in the NIOSH Division of Science Integration and Co-Manager of the Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Cross-Sector Program

Shannon Meade, JD
Executive Director of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute and Executive Director of the Emma Coalition

The Role of Demographics in the Future of Work

NIOSH Science Blog
Webinar Recording


The third webinar in the NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series focused on the role of demographics in the future of work. Prioritizing growing worker diversity will help occupational safety and health and allied professionals and practitioners identify, examine, and reduce the inequitable distribution of workplace- and work-related risks and benefits due to demographic characteristics, ensuring the well-being of all workers.

The featured speakers discussed selected sub-topics and the safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Speakers:
Laura Syron, PhD, MPH
Assistant Program Coordinator for the Occupational Health Equity Program and the Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies, at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Marie-Anne Rosemberg, PhD, MN, RN, FAAOHN
Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Nursing in the Systems, Populations, and Leadership Department

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Future of Work

Watch the Webinar Recording Here

NIOSH Science Blog

The second webinar in the NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series focused on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the future of work. Understanding how AI works can maximize occupational safety and health (OSH) advantages as well as minimize potential setbacks. Although the application of AI in the workplace is still emerging, OSH professionals, practitioners, researchers, employers, and workers can benefit from developing a greater understanding of workplace AI applications.

The featured speakers discussed selected sub-topics and the safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Speakers

Jay Vietas, PhD, MS, CIH, CSP

Chief of the Emerging Technologies Branch, in the Division of Science Integration, at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Houshang Darabi, Ph.D.

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago

The Role of Organizational Design in the Future of Work

Watch the Webinar Recording Here

NIOSH Science Blog

During the first webinar in the new NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series, this event focused on the role of organizational design, including the basic, foundational physical and functional infrastructures influencing where, when, and how work is conducted. The organization of work refers to psychosocial and physical aspects of the workplace that greatly impact worker safety and health issues, such as: autonomy, burnout and stress prevention, healthy leadership, job flexibility, leave policies, scheduling, social and corporate responsibility, built environment, workspace, and work-life fit.

The featured speakers discussed various organizational design sub-topics and safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Speakers

Jessica MK Streit, PhD, MS, CHES®

Research Psychologist and Deputy Director of the Office of Research Integration at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Leslie B. Hammer, PhD

Professor at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, at Oregon Health & Science University

Co-Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center