Conference Topics

00. Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Organizations: Organizational sustainability initiatives or practices that place a premium on occupational safety and health elements; Investigations of how exposure to hazardous and stressful work arrangements and the associated health and safety consequences create burdens (e.g., impaired performance and presenteeism, health care costs, labor turnover and so forth) to organizations and societies that threaten their sustainability; Salutogenic work arrangements associated with the ability for organizations and society to prosper; Causes of dysfunctional work environments and counterproductive work environments.

01. Total Worker Health™:
Effects of integrated (health protection plus health promotion) interventions, including both health/safety and organizational (e.g., economic, productivity) outcomes; The contribution of occupational and non-occupational factors to health and safety problems in today's workplace (e.g., stress and mental health, obesity); Strategies and best practices for implementing and evaluating integrated prevention programs; Future challenges and directions relating to integrated prevention strategies; Training needs to advance research and practice relating to Total Worker Health™.

02. Economic Issues and Concerns: Influence of the economy on management and employment practices, the organization of work, job security and income disparity; Economic consequences of stressful working conditions and stress-related disorders for employers, employees and society at large, including costs of illness, injury, disability and organizational productivity and performance losses; Economics of stress prevention and workplace interventions, including economic barriers to their implementation.

03. Best Practices in Creating Healthy Workplaces: Organizational, individual and multilevel interventions; Policy and legislative developments; Organizational learning; Corporate social responsibility; Program evaluation studies; Model programs; Practitioner toolkits; Evidence-based practice.

04. Collaborative and Participatory Approaches: Labor-management initiatives; Government-labor-business-university community partnerships; National and international collaborations.

05. Workplace Diversity, Minority and Immigrant Workers, Health Disparities: Differential exposures and susceptibilities; Race/ethnicity-related stressors; Stress and immigrant status; Workplace multiculturalism; Culturally-tailored prevention and intervention programs; Cultural competencies.

06. Workplace Mistreatment: Sexual harassment; Violence by customers, clients, patients, coworkers, etc.; Incivility; Violence prevention programs; Personal and organizational responses; Characteristics of perpetrators and victims; Bullying; Discrimination (e.g., gender, age, race/ethnicity, disability).

07. Changing Employment Arrangements: Contract and temporary work; Self-employment; Under- and over-employment; Job insecurity; Psychological contracts; Part-time work.

08. Human Resource Management and Benefits: Health, pension and other benefits; Family Medical Leave Act issues; Disability benefits; Pay equity and discrimination; Workers' compensation programs; Return to work; Job accommodations.

09. Work Scheduling: Shift work; Overtime/extended hours of work; Flexible/compressed schedules; Schedule design; Telecommuting.

10. Work, Life and Family: Work-life balance; Work-family conflict; Child and dependent care; Formal and informal family supports; Positive spillover; Intimate partner violence.

11. Organizational Practices: Lean production; Downsizing and resizing; Globalization; Outsourcing; Continuous improvement; Process reengineering; Emerging technologies.

12. Job and Task Design: Worker control; Work pace and work overload; Emotional labor; Physical demands.

13. Social and Organizational Environment: Organizational climate and culture; Social support; Supervision and leadership; Group dynamics; Communication.

14. High Risk Jobs and Populations: Younger and older workers; Hazardous work environments; High-risk occupations (e.g., agriculture, construction, emergency responders, health care, manufacturing, military, mining, transportation).

15. Traumatic Stress and Resilience: Assessment, prevention, mitigation and treatment of traumatic stress; Resilience; PTSD; Treatment seeking and the barriers to obtaining treatment; Stigma associated with seeking treatment; Available resources and access to resources; Psychological first aid; Essential workers and emergency response; Ability and willingness to report to work.

16. Psychological and Biological Effects of Job Stress: Depression and stress; Musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and immune system function; Gender-related health concerns; Obesity; Alcohol and substance abuse; Physiological and psychological pathways to health outcomes; Burnout; Suicide.

17. Sleep, Fatigue and Work: Effects of work schedules on sleep; Sleep disorders and medications; Health and productivity implications of sleep disruptions.

18. Aging and Work Stress: Job design for aging workers; Work capabilities and limitations; Attitudes toward aging workers; Implications of an aging workforce; Job retention and retraining; Disability management and accommodations; Health benefit implications.

19. Health Services and Health and Productivity Management: Health promotion; Employee Assistance Programs; Vocational rehabilitation; Career and work adjustment counseling; Return to work; Disability management; Stress management; Integrated prevention models.

20. Safety Climate, Management and Training: Management commitment to safety; Safety motivation and leadership; Safety communication; Hazard identification and elimination; Barriers to eliminating or mitigating workplace hazards; Safety climate and culture; Safety management systems; Safe work practices; Behavior-based safety that includes organizational responsibility for safety.

21. Professional and Educational Development: Graduate and undergraduate training in occupational health psychology; Teaching innovations; Employee training programs; Career development programs.

22. Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Job Stress: Personal, organizational and cultural antecedents of stress; Moderators of stress-outcome relationships; Measurement of stress; Theoretical developments.

23. Research Methodology: Innovative research designs; Mixed-method research; Multidisciplinary research; Measure development; Case studies; Econometric analysis; Culturally-competent methods.

24. Prevention / Intervention Methods and Processes: Field intervention design; Engaging organizations in safety and health issues; Barriers to safety and health initiatives; Gaining access to organizations; Disseminating research findings to organizations; Intervention evaluation methods and standards; research-to-practice.

25. Global Concerns and Approaches: Surveillance strategies, methods and programs; Job stress, risk factors and interventions; Government and NGO initiatives; National policies and guidelines; International networks and collaborations.

26. Positive Psychology and Engagement in the Workplace.

27. Individual Factors: Personality; Coping styles; Disposition.

28. Job Attitudes, Turnover and Retention: Attraction; Withdrawal intentions and behaviors; Turnover; Motivation; Presenteeism; Absenteeism; Commitment; Organizational citizenship behaviors.

29. Emerging Risks, Opportunities and Issues in Work, Stress and Health.