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From the Editor

Throughout my 40-year career as an occupational therapist and over 30 years in ergonomics, I have found that having mentors has made a difference in my career trajectory. My definition of mentoring is a reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationship that facilitates the growth of one or the other or both. These mentors can really be anyone – former academic instructors, colleagues, peers, friends and individuals whose work you admire. One goal for me was that these relationships focus on both our personal and professional growth. As I enter into the “sage” chapter of my career, I find that mentoring others is a rewarding role which I cherish even more. Whatever chapter you are in your career, I encourage you to be a mentor to others, too.

This issue of WORK contains 13 articles on a variety of topics such as career development of individuals with cystic fibrosis; nonfatal agricultural work-related injuries from northeast India; facilitators and hindrances of managers’ social support for seeking support at work; low back pain in hospital nurses; and posture and discomfort assessment in computer users while using a touch screen device as compared with a mouse- and touch pad-keyboards.

I am delighted to share that the 2018 Learn at WORK webinar series is presented with cooperation with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 1-2pmEST

Parental awareness of schoolbag carriage: A comparative study of Irish and United States parents

Sara Dockrell and Karen Jacobs


Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 1-2pmEST

From the past to the future: integrating work experience into the design

João Marcos Bittencourt, Pascal Béguin and Francisco Moura Duarte


Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 1-2pmEST

Workplace Violence and the Meaning of Work in Healthcare Workers: A phenomenological study

Josianne Lamothe


Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 1-2pmEST

A case study detailing key considerations for implementing a telehealth approach to office ergonomics

Linda Miller


Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 1-2pmEST

Use of Speech Generating Devices Can Improve Perception of Qualifications for Skilled

Steven E. Stern


Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 1-2pmEST

Split-shift work in relation to stress, health and other psychosocial factors among bus drivers

Jonas Ihlstrom, Göran Kecklund and Anna Anund


Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 1-2pmEST

A Workplace Modified Duty Program for Employees in an Oncology Center

Elpidoforos S. Soteriades


Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 1-2pmEST

A pilot study to precisely quantify forces applied by sonographers while scanning: A step toward reducing ergonomic injury

Dhyani Manish and Shawn Roll


Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 1-2pmEST

Psychosocial risks, burnout and intention to quit following the introduction of new software at work

Mouna Knani


Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 1-2pmEST

Occupational therapists’ experience of workplace fatigue: Issues and action

Cary A. Brown, Jennifer Schell and Lisa M. Pashniak


Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 1-2pmEST

A scoping review on smart mobile devices and physical strain

Patricia Tegtmeier


If you missed any of the 2017 Learn at WORK webinars, you can find the recordings of these complimentary learning experiences at the Learn at WORK YouTube channel: You can view the complete schedule on Facebook:

As always, I welcome hearing from you.

All my best,