Spotlight on Working Life
Work, work, work. It's what we do most of when we're awake. And it doesn't matter if we are doctors, teachers or plumbers, rich or poor. The job affects how we feel both physically and mentally. Therefore, researchers at Karolinska Institutet are studying how working life is connected to health. They examine everything from how to be a good manager to how to avoid being poisoned by chemicals.
She wants to see more good managers
Irene Jensen is a professor who knows everything there is to know about what makes a good working environment. But when she became a head of a team herself, it wasn’t easy at first. Now she wants to use AI to help improve managers’ leadership skills.
Researching the nature of work and sustainable employment
Maria Albin researches how the environments in which we work and live affect our health. She is particularly interested in issues relating to a sustainable working life.
Why do we need research on incivility?
Previous studies indicate that incivility at work is a growing problem. Karin Villaume, researcher at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME), intends to survey the current situation in the Swedish retail trade.
Innovation gives a toxin-free work environment
Several hundred million containers are transported across the world's oceans every year. But opening the load can be dangerous – every eighth container that arrives in Sweden has levels of chemical substances in the air that exceed the limit for the work environment, according to research from Karolinska Institutet.
Bad managers cause poor health
Is your boss exhibiting psychopathic behaviour? Quit your job, if you can! A bad leadership can be downright unhealthy for the employees, according to research.
The dirty truth about dust
Some people say that no one has ever died from a little dust. On the contrary, say others, dust is deadly. In reality, not all dust can be tarred with the same brush. Here is a guide to the dirt on earth – and on the moon.
Even healthy backs ache
Back pain is so common that it’s considered part of life. Up to 80% of people are estimated to experience lower back pain at some point in their lifetime.
CBT can effectively reduce symptoms of chronic stress
Stress-related conditions such as adjustment disorder and clinical burnout can be effectively treated with a 12-week cognitive behavioural programme, both when delivered as a face-to-face treatment and when delivered via the internet, according to a new doctoral thesis from Karolinska Institutet.
Higher risk of psychotropic medication after sexual harassment in the workplace
Sexual and gender-based harassment in the workplace can contribute to the development of mental ill-health requiring treatment with antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication, a study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports.
Precarious employment conditions can increase risk of early death
People without a secure job contract can reduce their risk of premature death by 20 percent if they gain permanent employment, a study from Karolinska Institutet published in The Journal of Epidemiology and Community reports. According to the researchers, the results indicate that job security in the Swedish labor market needs to improve.