Workers and Technology

Brain with Gears

Technological innovations are transforming what people do, how work is performed, and the subjective work experience.


In healthcare, the application of new information technologies is forging new patterns of teamwork and pacing.


Smartphones have expanded work across time and space, often eliminating traditional boundaries between work and non-work/family.


Manufacturing Plant
New robotic technologies are modifying the knowledge and skills attentional demands required for job performance.   
The Center highlights the need to understand how new tools and systems affect learning, social relations, decision-making, and job attitudes. Understanding the impact of new workplace technologies on people also has important implications for career development and worker well-being. Research topics of interest include, for example:
  1. How changes in technology, workspaces, and always-on demands affect work-nonwork conflicts, work attitudes, and job stress.
  2. How changes associated with human factors engineering affect decision-making, engagement, and innovation.
  3. The features of new work architectures that spur creativity, innovation, and health.

Relevant WSC Content

  • Laptop with instagram loaded
    Blog entry
    Network Research Highlight: Cyber-Vetting May Be Limiting Talent Pools

    Work published by Jeske, Lippke, and WSC Network Member Kenneth Shultz, suggests that employers who require applicants to share their social media account information for cyber-vetting may be limiting their applicant pool on traits that are not necessarily relevant to job performance (e.g., preference for privacy). These results, in addition to the range of potential legal issues associated with cyber-vetting, suggest that organizations should proceed with caution and care when venturing into these murky waters.

  • Doctor and computer
    Blog entry
    Healthcare Goes High-Tech

    Modern healthcare organizations are adapting and innovating in response to the boom in artificial intelligence. A recent paper details two distinct branches of use for artificial intelligence in healthcare: virtual and physical.

  • Millenial cyberloafing
    Blog entry
    Millennial cyberloafing: Why it’s costly & how to approach the problem

    organizations are struggling with a relatively new phenomenon: cyberloafing. Cyberloafing is the use of technology at work for non-work-related purposes (e.g., checking social media, watching YouTube videos).

  • Dr. Bruce Walker
    News and Events
    Bruce Walker Interviewed for Inaugural ScienceMatters Podcast

    Bruce Walker, Professor of Psychology at Georgia Tech, and friend of the Work Science Center was recently interviewed for the inaugural ScienceMatters Podcast at GeorgiaTech. During this interview, he discusses data sonification and ways of making data and results easily accessible to the public.