Working environment resources
A stressful psychosocial working environment may affect employee well-being, absenteeism and in some cases have long-term adverse health effects. This creates a need for the identification of workplace resources to mitigate such effects. In order to guide future interventions in the area, the research program aims to 1) identify organizational and work environment factors that may protect the worker and promote health and well-being and 2) determine the mitigating effects of workplace resources on changes in the health and well-being of employees exposed to physical or psychosocial demanding work. The program also aims at investigating the impact of improvement in the psychosocial working environment, which is particularly important to better understand potential effects of workplace interventions.
The objectives are being addressed with data from large-scale European cohorts: the Danish Work Environment Cohort Study (DWECS) and the Well-being in HospitAL Employees study (WHALE) from Denmark; the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Study on Health (SLOSH) from Sweden, the Whitehall II study from England; the Finnish Public Sector Cohort Study (FPSS) from Finland; and the GAZEL study from France.