Work engagement


The data are collected with the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health’s Work Engagement test, a publicly available self-assessment tool. The test, published in 2010, contains nine questions about work engagement, four questions about the respondent’s well-being and six questions about the respondent’s background information. The test provides the respondent with personal feedback about their experienced work engagement in relation to the results of a comparison group.

Work engagement is a positive, fulfilling, work-related state of mind characterized by experiences of vigour, dedication and absorption. It is about experiencing work as meaningful and being enthusiastic and happy about your job. Unlike serious symptoms caused by poor well-being at work, work engagement is a rather common phenomenon at workplaces and most of experience it at least from time to time. The work engagement score is graded on a scale of zero to six (0–6).

Work engagement

Work engagement


The indicators make it possible to study the level of work engagement experienced at Finnish workplaces throughout all respondents. As the three dimensions of work engagement (vigour, dedication and absorption) are strongly interlinked, the graphs present the score for overall work engagement according to established practice.

The top graph indicates the percentages of respondents who experienced very low, moderately low, average, moderately high or high levels of work engagement. The levels indicated with different colours, such as very low or average, and their limit values are based on the commonness of work engagement experiences. For example, very low indicates that work engagement is experienced once a week or less frequently, whereas high work engagement indicates work engagement experienced on a daily basis, on average. The results can be filtered according to the nature of employment relationship, gender and eight different categories related to the background information of the respondents. If filters are enabled, the filtered results can be compared with the results of all respondents.

The lower graphs indicate average group-specific work engagement scores based on 10 different background factors. Six of these are related to the respondent’s sociodemographic background and four to their health and well-being. The average results of respondent groups can be filtered according to the nature of employment relationship and gender. However, the possibility of filtering results according to other or undefined gender has been omitted due to the small number of respondents. The average results for this group can be seen by viewing all genders. The sizes of different respondent groups can be seen in the downloadable data.

The results presented are based on a sample of approximately 60,000 anonymous responses provided between 2017 and 2021. When studying the results, it should be noted that the data are not a representative sample of Finns or people working in certain sectors. For example, the same respondent may have taken the test several times. The constantly accumulating data are updated to Work-Life Knowledge once a year.


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