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Ongoing projects

Work-home boundary management

The project deals with the development of evidence-based guidelines for the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) away from the workplace. In addition to technological solutions, recommendations on the demarcation between work and private life will also be elaborated.
ICT such as the Internet, networks, laptops or smartphones are being used more and more frequently in the world of work and enable flexible work both in terms of location and time. On the one hand, ICT-based work is associated with many advantages, such as better compatibility of job requirements and family or private commitments. On the other hand, it also brings disadvantages, such as more intensive, irregular and longer working hours.

Good teamwork even with home office and flextime!

Working flexibly (home office oder flexitime) is often seen as the key to higher productivity, greater work engagement, and better work-life balance. However, it also creates challenges. These challenges are especially highlighted when it comes to working in teams. Working in flexible teams requires more and richer communication, better knowledge sharing and more coordination of work between the team members. In this project we examine together with the Technical University of Vienna (Martina Hartner-Tiefenthaler), how working flexibly impacts team functioning and how team members interact with each other and with their task environment when they are not working at the same time in the same place.

Telework experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, currently more people than ever before are teleworking. Telework or remote working is not a new phenomenon and its effects on workers’ well-being have been explored previously. Typically mentioned benefits of telework are greater work-life balance, job autonomy, and increased job satisfaction. However, research also found certain downsides to telework, such as increased time pressure, stress, and overwork, as well as social isolation and lack of support from colleagues. Research findings on telework are still inconclusive and some important questions regarding teleworkers’ cognitive demands and affective states are still unanswered.

Trust me: Trust in humanoid robots within the work context

Trust is an important factor determining successful collaboration in human teams. How can a team work together if it does not only consist of humans, but also includes a robot? Trust determines if and how humans use technologies. An appropriate level of trust that is neither blind trust nor distrust leads to an adequate use of technologies. Based on current research, this project focusses on the amount of trust we put into a humanoid robot in collaboration situations, how to measure trust in this setting and factors influencing trust in human-robot collaboration.

SMARAGD – Smart Aggregation and Visualisation of Health Data

The SMARAGD project is concerned with human-machine interactions in hospitals. Hospital staff uses hospital information systems (HIS) to document and retrieve patient health data for treatments. In a feasibility study a system for occupational and physical therapists is developed that facilitates the search for information in HIS by means of smart data aggregation and visualisation. Work organisation and working conditions of occupational and physical therapists should be improved by such a system.

Boundary Management and Burnout

The research project “Boundary Management and Burnout” focusses on the adverse consequences of work-related activities during leisure time. The project investigates whether unfinished tasks and maladaptive thinking patterns encourage employees to perform work tasks during their leisure time and whether such behavior is related to burnout.

CODEofWORK - cognitive demands of flexible work

The research project CODEofWORC deals with the opportunities and challenges of flexible work. The project examines the demands as well as potentials for learning and strain that are associated with flexible work arrangements and identifies parameters and conditions that should be considered when introducing flexible work.

Working World 2018

The study “Working World 2018” thoroughly examines workplace-related conditions and circumstances of employees in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Relationships between demands and resources at work (especially with regard to flexibilization and digitalization of work) and health-impairing consequences are investigated.


Optimized application of simulators through integration of mental training techniques. Within the scope of this study, a specific training for safety-relevant flight maneuvers will be developed and its effects will be tested.

Health-Promoting Leadership

Within this research area, leadership behavior is investigated which serves to maintain or restore the health and performance of employees. Health-promoting leadership focusses more strongly on the design of working conditions by leaders (“indirect path”) than on the promotion of the health of individual employees (“direct path”).


In the project “FELIN” the quota of women in the first and second management levels in Styria is surveyed in privately owned companies as well as in companies in which municipalities, the county, or the federal government are involved.

Work stressors of medical doctors

The aim of this project is the evaluation of general and occupation-specific mental stressors as well as their associations with burnout and depression among employed and self-employed Styrian physicians. The project is carried out in cooperation with the Styrian Medical Association and the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Graz.

eHealth and Workplace Health Promotion

The research area "eHealth tools" examines scientific studies on the relationship of personal / organizational factors with the experience, approval, expectations, and use of digital aids ("eHealth tools") in the workplace. A large area of ​​this research concerns the use of eHealth tools in workplace health promotion.


Mag. Dipl.-Ing.

Dagmar Schmelzer

Institut für Psychologie
Phone:+43 316 380 - 8549

Sozialpsychologie & AO: Mo,Mi,Do: 10:00-12:00, Di 14:00-16:00

Consultation hours

Univ.-Prof. MMag. Dr. Bettina Kubicek

Monday 13:30 - 15:00

Registration required at Mag. Schmelzer

Due to the current situation you can also register for Skype-based consultation at the secreteriat.


Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Paul Jiménez

Tuesday 11:00 - 12:30

Additional information


Univ.-Prof. i.R. DDr. K. Wolfgang Kallus

Consultation hours on request

Registration required at Mag. Schmelzer

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