Unit 1.1 generates knowledge (research and development) about the changing world of work and its effects on safety and health. The aim is to compile and utilise scientific knowledge for policy advice, as well as for transfer into workplace practice. In addition, the unit participates in sociopolitical discourse on the future world of work.
Public discussion of the future of work and the changing world of work largely focuses on the impact of megatrends such as globalisation, demographic change and the transition to a knowledge economy. A more in-depth consideration of the world of work allows social transformation to be described primarily as a process of making work more flexible, subjective and economical, leading to new - and in some cases precarious - forms of work.
The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Work (BAuA) identifies risks and opportunities of the changing world of work and develops strategies for interventions on workplace and policy-making levels. For this purpose, specific individual findings from occupational science are placed into broader sociopolitical contexts.
Current research activities focus on the following areas: