7 March 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
The increasing pace of innovation, work insecurity and the drive for efficiency will put more pressure on people that can lead to stress and poor mental well-being.
A report by the British Safety Council proposes that other risks will become more prevalent in the future. Maintaining the safety, health and well-being of older workers will become more pressing and environmental risks from work activities will grow - as will unexpected risks when new ways of working combine humans with new materials, robotics and artificial intelligence that connect people across the globe.
The report, Future risk: Impact of Work on Health, Safety and Wellbeing, recommends that that employers, trade unions, educators and government should take the following steps now to prepare for the future.
Promote good work and better-quality jobs: share good practice and the benefits of good job design.
Build resilience: starting with children, better resilience is a life skill in a changing world.
Education must be relevant and forward-thinking: we need to prepare for the future by skilling up for future work - including soft skills.
Keep the regulatory system up to date: a greater emphasis on smart regulation can help design out risks in the future.
Extend the understanding of future risks: we need more research about the risks that will emerge from changing work and how to mitigate them.
The report can be downloaded here.