Measuring Work Well-Being and Productivity in the Nordic Countries

A manual

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Globalisation pressures and demographic trends affect the chances of the Nordics to be prosperous and indirectly threaten the welfare states as we know them. These pressures and trends underline the twin challenge to the Nordics of productivity stagnation and a decreasing work force. A contribution to an answer to both challenges can be an increase in productivity and new ways to increase the work force. A good work environment can do both. In this context, the Nordic Council of Ministers has initiated a project aiming at clarifying the impact on productivity of work environment and well-being in companies. This report presents an indicator manual for use in measuring work environment in the Nordic countries. The report also outlines and defines a common Nordic concept of work wellbeing. The indicators serve as important first steps on the way to thorough econometric analysis of the relationship between work environment, well-being, and productivity.



Data Availability and Data Quality

The Nordic experts have searched for national data regarding work wellbeing and work well-being practices. The indicator lists are organised in four groups corresponding to the four groups in the analytical model. The purpose is to test data availability. The availability and relevance of each of the indicators is described in detail in the appendix. This chapter gives an overview of the analytical possibilities by reporting overall grades given to the indicators on basis of the grading given by each of the countries in appendix A. The chapter is organised in order to reflect the indicator groups.


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