National Occupational Research Agenda for Healthy Work Design and Well-Being

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The National Occupational Research Agenda for Healthy Work Design and-Being is intended to identify the knowledge and actions most urgently needed to identify occupational risk factors to prevent avoidable adverse health outcomes among workers. This agenda provides a vehicle for stakeholders to describe the most relevant issues, research gaps, and needs for the U.S. workforce. It is meant to be broader than any one agency or organization.

The Healthy Work Design and Well-Being (HWD) Agenda was developed through a series of conference calls and email communications. A draft list of relevant topics was drawn up, then refined and grouped into seven broad objectives by the HWD Council. Working subgroups were formed for each of the seven objectives. A variety of information sources were used, including articles from the scientific literature, and HWD Council member expertise and experience.

National Occupational Research Agenda for Healthy Work Design and Well-Being

Although there is some overlap in the risk factors and outcomes across the objectives, each has a unique primary focus.

Objective 1: Identify and examine the impact of worker demographics on employer or organizational practices and worker safety, health, and well-being

Objective 2: Improve the safety, health, and well-being of workers with non-standard work arrangements

Objective 3: Address the safety and health implications of advancing technology

Objective 4: Reduce work organization-related chronic health conditions among workers

Objective 5: Decrease the burden of shift work, long hours of work, and sleep deficiency

Objective 6: Improve the safety, health, and well-being of workers through healthier work design and better organizational practices

Objective 7: Promote a sustainable work-nonwork interface

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