Monitoring the digital world of work

The public debate on the consequences of digitalisation for safety and health at work reveals various aspirations and fears. Our research has the objective of providing facts to make the discourse on the topic more objective.

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How is the digitalisation of the world of work affecting the health, motivation and performance of employees? In recent years, this question has become quite prevalent in scientific research and political debates as well as among the general public. Both the opportunities and risks are being discussed: on the one hand, it is assumed that digitalisation will increase the pressure of work and require employed persons to work increasingly quickly. On the other hand, however, the decision latitude of employed persons seems to be increasing.

So far, however, only a limited amount of representative data is available for investigating work demands in the digital world of work. Researchers working on this problem also face the challenge of correctly demarcating the complex phenomenon of "digitalisation" in investigative studies. After all, it is a very wide-ranging topic: working in tandem with robots and drones, control by the use of algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI), the increasing use of mobile, networked auxiliary devices, as well as mobile working on laptops are all part of the complex topic of digitalisation.

The monitoring of the digital world of work forms part of the BAuA focus programme on "Occupational Safety and Health in the Digital World of Work". The focus here lies on the systematic gathering and analysis of data regarding the research topic. Employees from all occupational groups will be included in the monitoring. Differences between the groups are to be highlighted as well as the general trends. Analyses of specific tasks will also be completed.

The following questions will be addressed:

  • How is digitalisation changing the world of work? How does digitalisation relate to other drivers of change?
  • What effects is digitalisation having on work demands, working conditions and the organisation of work?
  • How are the work demands in different tasks changing?
  • What new requirements are employed persons facing? Which resources are important for being able to cope effectively with these requirements?
  • What does this mean for the various systems in place for ensuring occupational safety and health?

To answer these questions, data records from large-scale representative surveys will be analysed, including the BIBB/BAuA Employment Survey, the BAuA Working Time Survey and the "Digitalisation and Change in Employment" (DiWaBe) survey. Additional analyses of data relating to employed persons and companies should allow for a focus at the company level. Findings from BAuA projects on digitalisation that are both ongoing or completed will also be included in the analyses. The project will also integrate and take advantage of the knowledge of experts in the field through workshops and panel discussions.

Reasearch projects

Project numberF 2573 StatusOngoing Project Second survey on the diffusion and impact of digitalisation and change in employment (DiWaBe 2.0)

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Research ongoing

Project numberF 2490 StatusCompleted Project Monitoring the digital world of work

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Research completed

Project numberF 2444 StatusCompleted Project Survey on dissemination and impact of digitalisation and change in employment in the world of work

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Research completed

Project numberF 2452 StatusCompleted Project Working time reporting for Germany: Implementation, scientific preparation and utilization of the BAuA-Working Time Survey 2019

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Research completed

Project numberF 2453 StatusCompleted Project BIBB/BAuA Employment Survey - Analysis and scientific utilization

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Research completed

Project numberF 2473 StatusOngoing Project Psychosocial risk management in SMEs: survey on company practice in Germany

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Research ongoing

Publications

Work related ICT--Information and Communications Technologies use and work intensity: The role of mobile devices

Publishing year: 2021

Suchergebnis_Format Article

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Work intensification and autonomy in the digitized working world - A challenge for the well-being of employees?

Publishing year: 2019

Suchergebnis_Format Article (in German)

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Safety and Health at Work - Reporting Year 2017 - Report on Accident Prevention at Work

Publishing year: 2018

Suchergebnis_Format Report (in German)

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Health-related potentials and risks of flexible working time and place - current state of research

Publishing year: 2018

Suchergebnis_Format baua: Report (in German)

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The Changing World of Work: Figures - Data - Facts (2019)

Publishing year: 2019

Suchergebnis_Format baua: Guidance (in German)

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