Bremen University: Making Better Use of Smartwatches and Smartglasses at Work

Bremen University: Making Better Use of Smartwatches and Smartglasses at Work . “Wearables are digital assistance systems worn on the body during work. They provide assistance to companies in assembly or repair, and collect a large amount of sensitive, personal data. There are numerous promising applications for this data, including process optimization or error prevention. However, this potential has yet to be fully realized.”

World Economic Forum: Why it’s crucial we redefine the workplace in the wake of the pandemic

World Economic Forum: Why it’s crucial we redefine the workplace in the wake of the pandemic. “Last month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the company would allow its employees, currently working from home in accordance with social-distancing protocols, to stay there for good. Several other big businesses – from Facebook to the French automaker PSA – have followed suit with plans to keep far more employees at home after the COVID-19 crisis ends. Will the office be yet another casualty of the pandemic?”

Motherboard: This Map Shows the Staggering Number of Reported OSHA Complaints

Motherboard: This Map Shows the Staggering Number of Reported OSHA Complaints. “A new interactive web tool that maps all COVID-19-related health and safety complaints filed in the United States allows users to get a staggering sense of the worksites where workers feel that employers have jeopardized their health and safety. The tool uses data from complaints filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency tasked with ensuring safe and healthy working conditions for workers. Each complaint is geotagged onto the location of the worksite, and includes the name of the employer, descriptions of the offenses, and a breakdown of these complaints by industry.” You might have to disable extensions to get this to work. Didn’t work in my regular browser, but it was in Incognito mode.

Harvard School of Public Health: COVID-19 transmission among workers considerable during early outbreaks

Harvard School of Public Health: COVID-19 transmission among workers considerable during early outbreaks. “Workplace transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 likely played a substantial role in the local spread of the disease during the early stages of the outbreak in six Asian countries, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The majority of the possible work-related cases occurred in occupations outside of health care, according to the study.”

Emoji etiquette in the workplace: The good, the bad and the downright inappropriate (Human Resources)

Human Resources: Emoji etiquette in the workplace: The good, the bad and the downright inappropriate. “Emojis are everywhere nowadays. When words fail us or we want to lighten the mood, very often we turn to emojis. In fact even in a professional work setting, 71% of respondents in Perkbox’s latest survey feel emojis should be encouraged.”

New Search Tool for Independent Medical Review Decisions in California Workers’ Comp

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) (California) has released a new search tool for Independent Medical Review (IMR) decisions. (That link is a PDF.) “Over 300,000 IMR cases have been decided since the medical dispute resolution process was implemented on January 1, 2013. Following a determination by a physician reviewer, information for each case is posted to the DWC website. The public can use the new tool to search for decisions by case number, date of injury, specialty of reviewer, and/or category of treatment request.”