LOS ANGELES, October 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Marnie Dobsondoctorate holds the position of director of the Campaign for healthy workan initiative of the Center for Social Epidemiology, a non-profit organization California. She is also Associate Director of the Centre, as well as a Assistant Assistant Professor to University of California, Irvine Center for Occupational and Environmental Health.
Marnie Dobson is inspired by the example of his hard-working parents. She saw them struggle in low-paying jobs as she grew up in Australia. Her father was a taxi driver who was frustrated that his employer was not paying drivers fairly. He organized with the transport workers’ union to pressure the taxi company to improve wages and working conditions for all drivers.
Her father’s success encouraged Marnie to become a union organizer for student employees while in college. Experiences like these demonstrated the positive changes that could be brought about through collective action, lessons that Dr. Dobson continues to build on.
“Workers are in crisis in America’s workplaces. But I believe workers are the change they seek. They can’t do it alone. Workplace stress is not an individual problem – its root causes are in the workplace, so change needs to be collective and collaborative.”
Dr. Dobson believes that the mission of the Campaign for Healthy Work is to create a positive impact on workers at all levels of society. “Workplace stress has reached epidemic proportions in America and around the world. However, the United States lags behind other high-income developed countries when it comes to addressing the causes and harmful effects of work stress,” she says.
Dr. Dobson’s academic and professional background includes nearly 20 years of research on workplace stress. As a sociologist and occupational health expert, she has worked with blue-collar workers and their unions, including firefighters and urban transport operators. She believes that partnerships between workers, management and researchers, which also include the voices of workers in traditional epidemiological studies, are essential to improving the work.
“Hearing workers share the impact of work stress on their lives, health and families is of paramount importance,” says Dr. Dobson. The research, according to Dobson, is “just a systematic way to collect workers’ voices and experiences and put them front and center.” Dobson and his team understand worker stories in the Healthy Work Campaign multimedia content.
By partnering with companies, unions and individual workers, the Campaign seeks to transform workplaces into healthier environments, improving the health and well-being of all workers.
From harassment, bullying and toxic work environments, to inadequate staff, unrealistic workloads and time pressures, the Healthy Work Campaign aims to bring about lasting positive change in the how Americans work. These improvements contribute to high productivity and healthier financial results for businesses. “Healthy work is good for workers. Healthy work is good for business.”
As Director of the Healthy Work campaign, Dr. Dobson is responsible for coordinating his colleagues on various projects, creating intervention tools, including the Healthy Work Survey, available online for free. Upon her appointment as Director of the Healthy Workplace Campaign, Dr. Dobson said, “I am committed to leading a collaborative and enthusiastic team of academics and non-academics.
Another goal she has as director “…is to create accessible educational materials that translate 40 years of scientific research for a wider audience, showing how stress at work is detrimental to health and human well-being and also to highlight the organizational solutions to these problems.”
dr. Marnie Dobson concludes: “The importance of this work cannot be overstated. Healthy work saves lives.
SOURCE Campaign for Healthy Work