Work Ability

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. In addition, management, working conditions, work community and other work-related matters also have an impact on this.

One of the cornerstones of work ability is functional capacity. This refers to an individual’s physical, mental and social possibilities of coping with everyday life. Nevertheless, good functional capacity is no guarantee of good work ability if there are shortcomings in the individual’s professional competence or in the management of the workplace, for instance. During an individual’s working career, work ability varies for many different reasons. Work ability can be supported with means related to both the individual’s resources and work itself.

Updated 26.5.2020

Sickness absence and the strenuousness of work

Compare the link between strenuous work and sickness absences in different occupations

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Work ability and functioning self-assessment

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

Updated 12.3.2020

Disability pension and work’s loading factors

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Work ability forecast

Work ability forecast reveals the risk of incapacity for work

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Work load factors

Compare work load factors by occupation

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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.