Out of sight, out of mind? Research into the Occupational Safety and Health of Distributed Workers

Karina Nielsen, Kevin Daniels, Rachel Nayani, Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Rachel Lewis

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Less well-defined workforce and recent changes to more flexible working patterns are introducing challenges to today's workplaces. One of these transformations is exemplified by the way many workers spend at least some of their work time working away from a main office or location. Leading the occupational safety and health of these distributed workers is challenging, due to less opportunities for face-to-face contact and potential issues of access to safety, health and wellbeing resources.

The goal of this research is to understand the roles of both OSH practitioners and line managers play, to ensure the safety and health of distributed workers.

The research has generated a toolkit for OSH practitioners to enhance development of effective line management behaviours. It toolkit provides practical awareness in the form of top tips, case studies and much more. As part of the toolkit you’ll also find materials to help you identify which type of leader you are and those abilities required to manage distributed workers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeicester
PublisherInstitution of Occupational Safety and Health
Commissioning bodyInstitution of Occupational Safety and Health
Number of pages300
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


  • distributed work
  • leadership
  • management
  • safety
  • health

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