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Well-being through work


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Well-being through work

  1. 1. Well-being through work
  2. 2. Professor Mikko Härmä, MD, PhD Development of Work and Organizations, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland 10/26/2015 © FIOH | Mikko Härmä | 2 Working hours, health, well-being and participation in working life (WOW) Creating new working time models and solutions to Nordic countries
  3. 3. Background • Working hours have a Nordic perspective • Nordic countries share similar working life structures and basis for working hour regulations • Large socioeconomic differences exist in working hours • Working times and time structures are socially constructed and gendered • Working hours are related to health, work-life balance and welfare • Working hours are linked to individual, organizational and national income and welfare • Shift work and long working hours are major risk factors in the current work environment 10/26/2015 © FIOH | Mikko Härmä | 3
  4. 4. Objectives The overall aim of the project is to develop evidence-based models and solutions related to working hours to support health, well-being and work participation in the Nordic countries • The project will create working time –related solutions especially to women and ageing workers who often have challenging working hours 10/26/2015 © FIOH | Mikko Härmä | 4
  5. 5. Specific aims 1. to investigate the societal and socio-economical differences and trends of Nordic working hour patterns using representative national and European data to identify policy-relevant trends and vulnerable groups for targeted interventions (WP1, 6%). 2. to study the effects of shift work and working time autonomy on health, work-life balance and work participation using well-established prospective cohort studies (WP2, 28%). 3. to create and test organizational and individual level interventions to generate criteria and tools to improve health, well-being and work participation (WP3, 56%). 10/26/2015 © FIOH | Mikko Härmä | 5
  6. 6. Working hours, health, well-being and participation in working life Creating new working time models and solutions to Nordic countries Work package Expected results and impact Relevance, added Nordic value WP1: Comparative research of working hours in the Nordic countries: societal and socioeconomic differences Identification of policy-relevant trends and vulnerable groups for development, prospective cohort studies and targeted interventions • Guidance for macro-level development of working hours in collective agreements and national legislation WP2: The association of working hours with health, well- being and participation into working life: prospective cohort studies Identification of potentially modifiable organizational and individual factors supporting health, work participation and welfare for preliminary recommendations and further testing in intervention studies • Guidance for the promotion of health and welfare to prevent the major Nordic public health risks and disability and to promote well-being WP3: Creating and testing solutions 3.1. Organizational solutions for shift work 3.2. Individual solutions for shift work 3.3. Solution to boundaryless expert work 3.4. Fatigue management in safety critical industries Solutions related to 3.1. shift scheduling and working time autonomy tools and protocols to increase flexibility and well-being 3.2. development of non-farmacological treatments for sleep and mood disorders 3.3. time management and other models to improve work-life balance in boundaryless work 3.4. fatigue risk management models to safety- critical 24/7 industries Guidance and tools to individuals, organizations, unions and the Nordic societies • to improve health, well-being and participation into working life of shift workers, expert workers and employees with lower work ability • to support the safety of nuclear power plants, oil platforms , professional traffic and other safety critical industries of the Nordic countries WP4. Implementation and dissemination Promotion of health, well-being and participation into working life in the Nordic countries. Improvement of health and wellfare in the Nordic counties. Creation of new research platform on working hours, health and welfare
  7. 7. 10/26/2015 © FIOH | Presenters Name | 7 Implementation and dissemination (WP4) The evidence based solutions related to project will be implemented and disseminated a) the scientific community b) work environment professionals e.g. social partners and policy makers c) companies d) the general public The implementation strategy is based on the inclusion of the strategic stakeholders (e.g. labour unions, public health, IT and other companies) into the project and the interventions studies.
  8. 8. Partners Project manager: • Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland Co-operation partners: • University of Tampere (UT), School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Finland • University of Stockholm, Stress Research Institute (SRI), Sweden • Karolinska Institute (KI), Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Sweden • National Institute of Occupational Health (STAMI), Norway • University of Bergen (UiB), Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, Norway • National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE), Denmark • University of Copenhagen (UC), Denmark • Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark • Danish Cancer Society (DCS), Denmark 10/26/2015 © FIOH | Mikko Härmä | 8
  9. 9. Thank you! tyoterveyslaitos@tyoterveys @fioh