Work after the Covid-19 pandemic: What changes in organizations. What are the health and safety issues? An INRS foresight exercise

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Faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, companies and organizations have had to adapt their operations (physical distancing measures; widespread use of remote work; questioning of open-spaces, office towers, the status of permanent employee, schedules, teams, etc.).

If no one is able to predict exactly how this crisis will evolve and what its impact will be, it seems advisable to think about the transformations it will bring about in order to prepare for them, to promote them or to slow them down. This was the aim of this foresight study.

In a first step, a working group made up of the association Futuribles International and INRS has reflected, in a prospective approach, on the possible evolutions of work organizations in the next five years. In a second phase, INRS wanted to look more closely at the associated occupational health and safety issues by looking at remote work, industrial relocation, automation, the offshoring of certain services, and changes in employment conditions, all of which are transformations in work that may have consequences in terms of occupational risks and prevention.

Two documents in English are available

  • An article in the European journal of futures research: Medium-term consequences (5 years) of the Covid-19 crisis on work organization and occupational risks: a prospective study.
  • The report of the second phase focused on OSH issues on INRS website.

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Marc Malenfer
Marc.malenfer@inrs.fr

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