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How does workplace digital technology affect management, jobs and OSH?


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Data collected by digital devices at the workplace can be used to make increase performance and make workplaces more productive and safe. But similarly, employers might use this data to invade privacy or make unfair decisions affecting their workers.

This joint report by EU-OSHA, JRC and Eurofound shows how workplace digitalisation facilitates the emergence of data-driven management, and how this, in turn, may affect work organisation and aspects of job quality, such as occupational safety and health (OSH).

Estimates drawn from the 2019 ESENER survey suggest that the presence of technologies for data-driven management, such as wearables or others devices for worker monitoring is associated with a higher prevalence of psychosocial risks in the workplace. OSH measures to manage these risks, for example an action plan to prevent work-related stress, are also described in the report.

Read the report ‘How digital technology is reshaping the art of management’

Find more information in our thematic section on digitalisation of work and Psychosocial risks and stress at work