Occupational health programs; Big Data; Physiolytics; Wearables; Ethics of technology; Well-being at work; Biosensors; Technology diffusion
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Although public and private organizations are legally responsible to protect the safety, health, and well-being of their employees, there is evidence of an increasing number of occupational and work-related health issues. Facilitated by the broad availability of low-priced sensing devices in the last couple of years, organizations have the possibility to track and accumulate a huge amount of biological, physical, and behavioral data of their workforce, which in turn could be purposefully used for enhancing their well-being at work. However, with the introduction of this emerging technology, frequently referred to as "physiolytics", organizations face several complex challenges, such as how to reduce employees’ resistant attitudes or how to encourage them to use it on a day-to-day basis over a longer period of time. Inevitably an ethical debate about the moral and immoral uses of physiolytics will emerge as well. The aim of the proposed project is to extend the existing body of knowledge related to physiolytics by investigating the affordances and tensions associated with the introduction of this technology in organizational settings (rather than the more frequently explored private setting) and by measuring long-term effects of a meaningful use in an office context (rather than a cross-sectional perspective). In doing so, we will employ a longitudinal convergent mixed methods research design and combine quantitative data, which we obtain from our technology partner’s biosensors, with qualitative data, which we collect in semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and observations at the premises of our pilot partner. In adopting a micro-view when studying the adoption of physiolytics, the proposed project will provide new, in-depth, and contextualized knowledge about the potentials of this emerging technology for the design of digital occupational health programs. Our results will also advance the ongoing, yet controversial discussion on ethical implications of harnessing physiological data of employees for the optimization of work in public and private organizations. Besides the publication of high-impact articles in renowned journals, we will therefore additionally seek the scientific knowledge transfer to practice in order to create awareness concerning the ethical dimension of physiolytics.