Technology and Health

Michael D. Coovert, Ashley A. G. Walvoord, Frederick R. B. Stilson and Matthew S. Prewett

in The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Well Being

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199211913
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Technology and Health

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This article reviews the link between technology and health. It begins with a brief discussion of workplace health issues brought about through technologically induced strains such as musculoskeletal disorders, carpal tunnel, and psychological stress. It covers recent advances in keyboard design along with other novel approaches to limiting the associated strains on the body. It also covers worker's expectations and remote environments, identifying how these may lead to decrements in physical and mental health. Some health concerns occur in many workers, others are specific to teleworkers. This article moves on to computer-mediated collaboration and considers issues specific to work teams that coordinate efforts through technology. Furthermore, it introduces some newer developments in the technology arena. The list is by no means exhaustive, but rather, involve technologies that will either become more prevalent or carry the greatest implications for further changing the nature of work.

Keywords: technology; health; musculoskeletal disorders; carpal tunnel; psychological stress; computer-mediated collaboration

Article.  12997 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Human Resource Management ; Knowledge Management

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