A few days before starting our fabulous adventure in Italy with our ORBETEC project, we were in Lisbon to present research related to it. We were participating in a symposium on the subject of Industry 4.0 and new technologies. The experience was very interesting. 

Picture: “View of Lisbon“, by Bert Kaufmann, licensed under CC BY-SA-3.0.

Déprez, G., Battistelli, A., & Andela, M. (2018). Occupational health and well-being in the 21th century workplace. In J-S. Leon-Perez (Chair), & A. Battistelli (Chair), Occupational health psychology: the challenge of industry 4.0. Symposium presented to the 13th European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Conference (EAOHP), September 5 – 7, Lisbon, Portugal.

Abstract: Over the last four decades of the 20th century, the nature of work has substantially changed. The growth in the use of information technology at work, the globalization of many industries, organizational restructuring, changes in work contracts and worktime scheduling have radically transformed the nature of work in many organizations. The fourth Industrial Revolution seems very different from previous industrial revolutions (Brynjolfsson & Mcafee, 2015).
The Industry 4.0 will radically change the ways of working (Schwab, 2016), and related to that, the way of producing, designing tasks, to learn, to innovate, to work in a team and to manage individuals and teams (Cascio & Montealegre, 2016). Hence, organizations need to deal properly with these challenges to prevent potential negative effects on employees’ physical and mental health (Chen, Westman, & Eden, 2009). In particular, the scientific knowledge developed by research in recent decades on organizational behavior and occupational health and safety is certainly essential but needs to evolve and develop a new vision to understand this “4.0 Reality” (Bondarouk, & Brewster, 2016; Coovert & Thompson, 2014; Schwab, 2016).
Thus, among the main issues, this presentation focuses on: (a) how performance and employee well-being can be balanced through both a good work design and HR practises (Bondarouk & Brewster, 2016) and positive interpersonal relationships at work (Baillien, Bollen, Euwema, & De Witte, 2014); and (b) how to develop a healthy workforce able to face the tensions and challenges that Industry 4.0 entitles (Syrek, Apostel, & Antoni, 2013), which includes exploring new avenues for promoting people cognitive strengths at work (Herrera, Leon-Perez, & Leon-Rubio, 2017), or the development and acquisition of adapted competencies (Rüßmann et al., 2015). The communication finishes with some conclusions to develop healthy, productive and sustainable organizations under this 4th Industrial revolution framework that may benefit employees’ well-being.

You can see more information about the symposium in the congress program.