Occupational wellbeing and work ability

Well-being at work is an overall experience of how an individual feels at work. It includes work-related attitudes, emotions and alertness. Well-being at work is influenced by working conditions, the properties of the work itself and individual factors. Work ability refers to the totality of an individual’s resources and other work-related factors. Incapacity for work refers to a significant decrease in work ability. An individual’s ability to work is influenced by the individual’s health and functional capacity, professional competence, motivation, attitudes and values.

Coaching leadership in social welfare and health care

The majority considers leadership in social welfare and health care to be coaching. Browse the results of the Mitä kuuluu? survey regarding leadership and supervisory work.


Working time in the social welfare and health care sector

Monitoring the stressfulness of working time is the basis for further development of working time.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on municipal sector work

The COVID-19 pandemic increased stress or strain in several professions in the municipal sector.

The COVID-19 pandemic and changes in municipal sector work

The study examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on municipal sector work based on a survey conducted in 2022.

The Working Life Barometer measures occupational burnout experienced by employees

The Working Life Barometer by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has studied experiences of occupational burnout since 2019.

Working Life Barometer data regarding occupational burnout

The Working Life Barometer includes a question on how often the respondent has feelings related to occupational burnout or harmful stress in their work.

Private service sector work undergoing change

Securing workforce in the private service sector requires ensuring the well-being and competence of existing employees as well as the recruitment and induction of new employees.

Well-being at work and competence in the service sector

The survey provides an updated overview of the work, well-being at work and competence of employees in the private service sector in the early 2020s.

Work engagement

Work engagement is a positive, fulfilling, work-related state of mind characterized by experiences of vigour, dedication and absorption.


Municipal work and employee well-being

Results of the Kunta10 study from 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2022

The well-being at work experiences of the respondents to the “How are you feeling” test vary by industrial sector

Well-being at work experiences, such as work engagement, job burnout symptoms, job boredom and work addiction vary somewhat between industrial sectors.

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health’s “How are you feeling?” well-being at work test provides extensive insight into well-being at work

How is the industrial sector, gender, age, level of education, mode of employment or position linked to work engagement, job satisfaction, job boredom, work addiction, job burnout or work ability? View the results based on the “How are you feeling?” well-being at work test data.

Physical work load factors

Compare work load factors by occupation

Psychosocial factors at work

How are persons in different occupations exposed to psychosocial work factors?

Good opportunities to influence working time support the well-being at work of ageing shift workers in the social welfare and health care

Ageing in shift work is particularly detrimental to the quality of sleep, and various illnesses among older employees are becoming more common. The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health recommends providing older employees with better opportunities to reduce the number of night shifts and long working times.

Brainwork stresses and inspires in every industry

Today’s work is, above all, cognitive work i.e. brainwork. Even many traditionally physical work tasks become more cognitively-oriented under the conditions of the digital era.

Brainwork includes different tasks and situations

The Brainwork Survey investigates the prevalence, strenuousness and inspiring aspects of the different tasks and situations of work.

Perceived stress during the COVID-19 epidemic varied by occupation among municipal employees – remote work was linked to higher satisfaction

The Kunta10 survey reveals that municipal employees were, for the most part, fairly satisfied with their work life in the past year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the year was difficult, positive trends were seen in several areas of work life.

Coaching leadership praised in social welfare and health care

Supervisors in social welfare and health care receive positive feedback regarding their leadership. The majority of employees consider the nature of their leadership to be fair and coaching.


Assessment ensures more efficient implementation

Development of the implementation of multidisciplinary work ability and employment support services for people of working age requires extensive impact and effectiveness assessment


Work ability and functioning self-assessment

Work ability and functioning self-assessment from FIOH's Abilitator service

Disability pension and work’s loading factors

Compare disability pension caused by knee and hip arthrosis by occupation

Work ability forecast

Work ability forecast reveals the risk of incapacity for work

Shift intervals that are too short for recovery must be reduced

The City of Helsinki as an example of shift planning that promotes recovery

Abilitator indicates the functional capacity of those in a difficult labour market position

The Abilitator is a self-assessment method of work ability and functional capacity based on the respondent’s own assessment of their situation.