Ageing Workforce: interaction with Occupational Safety & Health Performance and Industrial Systems Productivity
• 大类 : 管理科学 - 2区
• 小类 : 工程：工业 - 2区
• 小类 : 运筹学与管理科学 - 2区
As a matter of fact, the working population is ageing in many countries, which is going to bring soon Industry towards a “new normality”. Companies still tend to underestimate the phenomenon, simply disregarding it or – in the best case – reacting by means of minor amendments to their systems. The truth is, that there is a consensus in Literature about the fact the “ageing” implies a number of changes, of any kind. Of course, as soon as a considerable proportion of the workforce of a company will have “aged”, minor amendments are very likely to be no more sufficient for both the workforce – in terms of Occupational Safety and Health – and the company itself – in terms of Productivity. It seems that a need for a substantial re-design of the companies, such as introduction of more flexible systems as well as different management in order to be easily adapted to ageing, is approaching fast.
Yet, the traditional approaches to managing the Occupational Safety and Health Performance (OSHP) and the Industrial Systems Productivity (ISP) originate in different disciplines and seem to have no convergence: as a consequence, they do not enable an integrated design and management of the system itself, implying a trade-off between OSH performance and ISP. Moreover, they refer to a “standard” population which is far from being “aged”, so that they do not enable to take into consideration the increasingly Ageing Workforce (AW) issue.
Something is eventually changing over the last years: a couple of papers have been published, that highlight the relevance of the interaction between AW&OSHP (Varianou-Mikellidou et al., 2019) and between AW&ISP (Calzavara et al., 2019), separately.
What is the expected evolution for the coming future? More specifically:
• Is there any opportunity for an integrated approach to OSHP&ISP, particularly when it comes to AW?
• Are new technologies a trigger for this opportunity?
• Is there any chance for win-win solutions and/or approaches?
• Can existing systems be adapted or new systems should be introduced?
Topics of interest:
The objective of the special issue is to disseminate the fundamental theoretical knowledge necessary to support comprehensive decision making in the industry. Topics should focus on OSHP and ISP, discussing possible applications, and include (not limited to) the following areas:
• Integration of AW within traditional approaches/methods for design and/or management of OSHP and ISP
• Evolutionary approaches/methods for design and/or management of OSH and ISP with a focus on AW
• AW technical assistance systems on OSH performance and ISP in industrial and service sectors
• Industry 4.0 for a joint OSH-ISP design and/or management with a focus on AW
• Development of practical tools in order to be used by industries to face the challenges of AW
Types of contributions:
• Quantitative and qualitative studies
• Empirical and conceptual studies
• Evidence of win-win vs. trade-off approaches/practices
• Both success and failure cases/examples, and multi-disciplinary studies are welcome