8th International Conference «Work and Health»

The 8th International Conference on Work and Health will take place on January 25th and 26th, 2024 at the FHNW School of Social Work in Olten on the topic of “New Work”. Further information follows.

The current, far-reaching transformation processes in working society are often summarized and discussed under the term “new work“. The concept of “new work,” which goes back to Frithjof Bergmann’s formulation, focuses on the needs of employees for work activities that are meaningful to them. According to Bergmann, New Work is characterized by work in which workers have the opportunity to pursue a job that they really like and that they can largely organize themselves. The concept of “new work” in the transformation of the working world can also be linked to the dis-courses about “good work” or “decent work,” such as those conducted in connection with the International Labor Organization ILO.

The conference will focus on theoretical and empirical contributions on the following topics:

  • The importance of the “new work” concept and the associated emergence of new forms of work and organization;
  • Opportunities and challenges that arise from “new work” for companies and employees;
  • Opportunities and challenges that arise through “new work” for clients and organizations in work integration;
  • Dynamics in the transformation from the “professional skilled worker” to the “flexible, self-managed worker”;
  • Influences and consequences of “new work” on the labor market segment “simple work”;
  • Health risks and resources of employees in connection with “new work”,
  • Challenges and opportunities of “new work” for company health management as well as for integration management/disability management.

Responsible for organization

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Geisen

    Prof. Dr. Thomas Geisen

    Lecturer, Institute for Integration and Participation, FHNW School of Social Work