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You can’t manage psychosocial risk if you don’t recognise it

Gabrielle Lis

Managers focused on workers' bad attitudes may miss opportunities to control the organisational psychosocial hazards that contribute to musculoskeletal disorders and stress-related mental health problems.

Research has long connected poorly managed psychosocial risk to increased rates of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders (MSDs) and mental health disorders (MHDs). Until recently individual psychosocial factors such as beliefs about pain and self-efficacy have received a disproportionate degree of emphasis in the literature around risk. Now, however, researchers are focusing on the negative impacts of organisational psychosocial factors such as...

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