Globalisation and OSH: the way we work is changing

The effects of globalisation can be witnessed in so many aspects of our lives, including occupational safety and health (OSH). Firms are facing increasing pressure to remain competitive and, although implementing organisational changes may be necessary, they may result in new risks to workers’ well-being.

The changing nature of how we work is also having an impact on our exposure to work-related stress and psychosocial risks. With increased competition comes heightened pressure in the workplace to produce more and more quickly, which in turn can lead to greater work intensity that affects all sectors. Indeed, long hours and excessive workloads come in at second place in the poll as the most common causes of work-related stress.

Added to this is the fact that global companies need to communicate across borders and time zones, and this has been made possible thanks to ever more sophisticated ICT services.

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