Worker’s Health in Hybrid Work Settings


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The accelerated global transition to hybrid work models, a blend of remote and in-person work, underscores the urgent need to understand its multifaceted health implications. Amid the social changes brought by the pandemic and increased digitization (Karanika-Murray & Ipsen, 2022; Orel, 2022), the hybrid workplace has emerged as a significant, yet under-researched aspect of work life. This hybrid model holds potential benefits for work-life balance (Wong et al., 2020; Yang et al., 2021), but also poses challenges such as social isolation and blurred boundaries between work and personal life (Chafi et al., 2021; Bodner et al., 2022; Schwarz et al., 2022; Kirchner & Ipsen, 2023). With the latter, the following special issue seeks to spotlight the role and impacts of the hybrid workplace in this context.
The aim of this special issue is to undertake a comprehensive exploration of the myriad impacts that hybrid workplaces exert on knowledge worker’s health and well-being. It aims to foster a scholarly dialogue addressing this novel work model's diverse physical, psychological, and social effects, presenting a detailed portrait of the inherent health-related challenges and advantages. We encourage submissions that elucidate the significance of ergonomics, the psychological repercussions of remote work, the preservation of work-life balance, and the establishment of strategies to promote an inclusive, health-oriented culture in hybrid work environments.

List of topic areas

  • Impacts of hybrid workplaces on knowledge worker’s health and wellbeing. 
  • Physical, psychological, and social effects of the hybrid work model. 
  • Significance of ergonomics in hybrid environments. 
  • Psychological repercussions of remote work within a hybrid model. 
  • Preservation of work-life balance in hybrid workplaces. 
  • Strategies to promote an inclusive, health-oriented culture in hybrid settings. 
  • Holistic, human-focused exploration of the hybrid workplace model. 
  • Integration of perspectives from occupational health, psychology, ergonomics, organizational behavior, and technology. 
  • Bridging the theory-practice divide in hybrid workplace health management. 
  • Health, productivity, and wellbeing implications of hybrid work. 
  • Challenges and benefits of the hybrid model, such as social isolation and work-life balance. 
  • Role and impacts of the hybrid workplace in the context of social changes and increased digitization.

Guest Editor

Marko Orel,
Center for Workplace Research, Prague University of Economics and Business, 
[email protected]

Submissions Information

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Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 
Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key Deadlines

Opening date for manuscripts submissions: 02 October 2023 
Closing date for manuscripts submission: 01 March 2024



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Chafi, M., Hultberg, A., & Yams, N. (2021). Post-Pandemic Office Work: Perceived Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Work Environment. Sustainability, 1(14), 294.
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