I thoroughly enjoy chance encounters. They make the ordinary extraordinary. My most recent chance encounter was today when I broke my iPhone; made an on-line appointment to have it repaired and went to the Apple Store to drop the phone off. The good news was that it could be repaired with a minimum of cost and on the same day in about two hours. I decided to wait in the store and started talking to the Apple employee to find that he is a student at the same university where I work; and also lives in the same dormitory as me. Yes, I live in a dormitory as a faculty-in-residence and it’s a role that I thoroughly enjoy. My chance encounters continued while waiting for my phone to be repaired. I started talking to another employee about travel when across the table from where I was sitting was a person waiting for her phone to also be repaired. She spontaneously joined in the conversation to share her travel adventures in Paris and London and gave me the names of Paris’s Best Chocolates. We continued to talk until both our phones were ready, exchanged business cards so we could keep in touch, and as I write this From the Editor she has already sent me an e-mail. As a reflect on chance encounters, one of the most extraordinary ones for me was how WORK was got started. In 1989, I was on a telephone call with a colleague, Dr. Gary Kielhofner, with whom I shared my idea of a journal. He responded that he was recently hired by a start-up publisher, Andover Press, to suggest topics for professional journals. Shortly after our conversation, a meeting was arranged to meet the publisher. Coincidently, Andover Press was located in the same town that I lived! Twenty-eight years earlier, this chance encounter was the catalyst for starting WORK. I am forever grateful to that chanceencounter.
This issue of WORK contains 12 articles on a variety of topics such as worksite physical activity breaks, the effect of whole-body vibration on neuromuscular performance, crane cabins’ interior space multivariate anthropometric modeling among others.
I hope you have been enjoying our Learn at WORK webinars. Here are the upcoming webinars:
Wednesday, April 11, 1-2pmEST
A case study detailing key considerations for implementing a telehealth approach to office ergonomics
Wednesday, May 16, 1-2pmEST
Use of Speech Generating Devices Can Improve Perception of Qualifications for Skilled
Steven E. Stern
Wednesday, June 13, 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, 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, 1-2pmEST
Psychosocial risks, burnout and intention to quit following the introduction of new software at work
Wednesday, October 24, 1-2pmEST
Occupational therapists’ experience of workplace fatigue: Issues and action
Cary A Brown, Jennifer Schell and Lisa M Pashniak
Wednesday, November 28, 1-2pmEST
A scoping review on smart mobile devices and physical strain
You can find the recordings of at the Learn at WORK YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOJalCXvSg9fPHaFFs48PuQ You can view the complete schedule on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WORKJournal2016/?fref=ts.
As always, I welcome hearing from you.