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Brain-friendly working environments: Promoting sustainable working life for people with cognitive disabilities

Published: 14 August 2019

Digitization in society has changed the conditions in working life and increased the cognitive demands of all workers, but the changes become especially noticeable for people with cognitive disabilities.

Digitization and the increased use of technology have, for example, contributed to increased expectations of accessibility and of doing more work in parallel. On to an increased information flow and a higher rate of work. New technical solutions and updates require constant learning to keep up with developments and to maintain their competence. The changes also entail increased demands on coping with psycho-social challenges at work and on balancing work and everyday life. The digitalisation of the work environment therefore places new demands on the evaluation of needs and design of work rehabilitation and on work environment work. New knowledge is needed to understand the situation of workers and how rehabilitative and preventive efforts can be developed to promote inclusion and equality in working life. The overall aim is to increase the understanding of how brain-friendly work environments can be designed, and thus contribute to a sustainable working life for people with cognitive disabilities.