Research on a sustainable working life for people with cognitive impairment

Published: 16 May 2019

This project is based on the fact that digitization in society has changed the conditions in working life and increased the cognitive requirements for all employees, but the changes become particularly noticeable for people with cognitive impairment.

The name of the research project is Brain friendly work environment: Promote a sustainable working life for people with cognitive disabilities in a digitized time.

The project takes its starting point in the fact that digitization in society has changed the conditions in working life and increased the cognitive requirements for all employees, but the changes become particularly noticeable for people with cognitive impairment.

For example, digitization and the increased use of technology have contributed to increased expectations, accessibility and to making several tasks in parallel. It has also led to an increased flow of information and a higher work rate.

Increased demands

New technical solutions and updates require constant learning to keep up with developments and maintain their skills. The changes also entail increased demands for managing psychosocial challenges at work and for balancing work life and everyday life. Digital work environments are also associated with individualization and flexibility in the work organization, which can be more demanding for some groups of employees. It has consequences for how the work is organized.

The digitalisation of the work environment therefore places new demands on evaluation of needs and design of work rehabilitation and on work environment work. New knowledge is needed to understand employees' situation and how rehabilitation and preventive efforts can be developed to promote inclusion and equality in working life.

Sustainable working life

Consequently, the digitalisation of working life will be considered from different perspectives in the project, individual, organization and society.

The overall purpose is to increase understanding of how brain-friendly work environments can be designed, and thereby contribute to a sustainable working life for all employees with a particular focus on people with cognitive disabilities.

Maria Larsson-Lund

Maria Larsson-Lund, Professor and Head of Subject

Phone: +46 (0)920 493833
Organisation: Occupational therapy, Division of Health, Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Health Sciences