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Managing psychosocial factors in the post-pandemic working environment  

The European Network of Safety and Health Professional Organisations (ENSHPO), an official partner of the “Healthy Workplaces: Lighten the Load 2020-22” campaign, hosted an online event on 26 May to discuss challenges related to the post-pandemic working environment. Top of mind were psychosocial risk factors, and how they can be managed.   

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Considering the Healthy Workplaces campaign shifts its awareness raising efforts in September to the newest priority area - psychosocial risks - ENSHPO’s webinar has given a great jumpstart into this highly relevant topic for workers and employers across Europe.   

Indeed, since the start of the global pandemic, the modern professional environment has changed considerably. Working practices, as well as employees’ needs and expectations, have been modified by the new reality. Many people turned to teleworking or remote working, which, inevitably, has brought both new opportunities and challenges, including psychosocial factors.   

To keep occupational safety and health professionals in the loop about these changes faced by the workforce, host Claudio Munforti, Deputy Chair at ENSHPO, introduced insights from three ENSHPO members: Ruth Wilkinson (IOSH), Mateusz Warchał (OSPSBH), and Cláudia Fernandes (SPOSHO). The speakers, in addition to drawing attention to the pandemic’s impact on employers and their staff, analysed companies’ preventive culture and how it can be strengthened from the perspective of social and physical risks. The members went on to share best practices for managing these challenges, highlighting initiatives from different European countries.