Good work design and applying it to psychosocial risks

Professor Sharon Parker explains how employers in any industry can use the principles of good work design to protect workers’ psychological and physical health. 

Professor Parker discusses the principles of good work design, why they are important, and how we can use them to make workplaces safer and improve workers’ wellbeing.

She emphasises that good work design is not a one-size-fits-all strategy – it must addresses the physical, biomechanical, cognitive and psychosocial characteristics of work, together with the needs and the capabilities of the people involved.

Who is this presentation for?

Everyone who designs work, work systems and jobs: managers and HR specialists in small and large organisations, health and safety professionals and representatives.

For educators and tertiary students with an interest in work design this session can be viewed with the supporting publication Does the evidence and theory support the good work design principles? An Educational resource.

About the presenter

Professor Sharon Parker is Winthrop Professor at the Business School of the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on job and work design and team work, organisational change and development, staff well-being and active mental health.

She has published several books and chapters on job and work design, and numerous refereed journal articles, technical and practitioner publications. She has consulted in a wide range of public and private sector organisations.

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