Each industry has a unique set of workplace conditions, factors, environmental and occupational hazards, as well as organizational policies and practices that require careful planning to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of employees.

During the last four years, I have been working alongside and learning from scientists at Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) at Oregon Health & Science University who conduct research to reduce injuries, improve health, and increase overall well-being for employees across different industries, using organization-focused approaches. …

During this past year, with the pandemic, civil unrest, and race-targeted violence, we have appreciated our supervisor’s support more than ever. As example of this support is our daily virtual team check-ins; these begin with “how is everyone doing today”, move into a discussion of the day’s work agenda, and end with updates from our home life, and sometimes, talking about society’s events that bring us joy and sadness. There’s been a lot of the latter lately but like many, we tend to draw comfort from our shared experiences, find silver linings and reasons to laugh a little.

How we…

Maintaining work-life balance has never been more important — or more challenging — than it is right now. The compounding effects of the COVID-19 crisis continue to affect our physical, social, psychological, and economic well-being. We don’t yet know what our new “normal” will be or how large an impact the pandemic will have in the end.

What we do know for sure is that the pandemic is having significant impacts on individuals’ ability to earn income, educate and provide care for their children, maintain their own and their family’s physical and mental health, and obtain basic necessities. We also…

During the COVID-19 crisis, leaders are performing their typical roles under the additional stress of workforce instability and escalated safety and health risks, while also managing their own mounting work-life challenges and staying informed about rapidly changing policies.

And, with an increased prevalence of mental health issues experienced by workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, supervisors and managers have been called upon to recognize when their employees may need additional psychological help as well.

It feels like a lot because it is.

Employers will not be able to lead effectively if they are also struggling. On an…

1. Safety, health and well-being of the worker is interconnected

We spend over a third of our waking lives working. In 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that about 24% of people that were employed took their work home with them. Work and home are interconnected. Work can spillover into our personal lives, as well our personal lives can spill over into our work lives, which can strongly impact our safety, health and well-being. Additionally, COVID-19 has introduced new ways in how we work and how we each balance work-life demands to ensure our families stay healthy, well and safe.

Research has shown that work is related to physical…

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