media use and job satisfaction. “The more satisfied someone
is at work, the more likely they are to use social media,” says
Murphy, adding that the link goes both ways. If you have the
freedom to express yourself and your opinions about work on
social media, she explains, you’re more likely to feel satisfied
with the organization.
It’s encouraging to see that social media use in the workplace
isn’t always a negative, says Murphy. “A lot of people don’t
use Facebook to talk about work or connect with co-workers
because they feel that it’s inappropriate,” she says. “Human
resource departments need to be clear about policies so that
people understand if they’re able to use it and maybe encourage
social media use on certain terms.”
Designing an age-friendly workplace
Ensuring that offices promote the health, safety and
productivity of the growing number of older workers is
especially important, say James Grosch, PhD, a senior research
psychologist at NIOSH, and Ken Scott, a doctoral student of
epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health.
Despite changing demographics, few organizations are
taking steps to age-proof their workplaces, says Grosch, noting
that failing to do so can result in injuries, loss of productivity
and reduced morale.
At the Work, Stress and Health conference, Grosch and Scott
offered a workshop originally developed by Scott and former
colleagues at the University of Washington, with subsequent
support from NIOSH. The workshop encourages organizations
to make changes in three areas. First, design the physical work
environment to provide sufficient lighting, reduce background
noise, prevent falls and otherwise accommodate older
workers. Second, offer workplace wellness programs to help
older workers prevent and manage such chronic conditions
as hypertension, diabetes and arthritis. And third, institute
flexible scheduling, phased retirement and other policies to help
workers manage work-life balance. An online version of the
workshop is at www.agefriendlyhealthcare.org.
Designing age-friendly workplaces helps all workers, adds
Scott. “It makes for a healthy place to work, no matter what
your age,” he says.
For more information about the Work, Stress and Health
Conference, visit www.apa.org/wsh. The next conference,
“Work, Stress and Health 2017: Challenges and Opportunities,”
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