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.



Definitions of Work Well-Being

The definition of work well-being covers a broad range of objectives and underlying factors. The differences in the definitions are a consequence of the constant change in focus of work well-being due to changes in society, technology and knowledge about work well-being. As such the definition of work well-being will never be definitive, but will always be subject to the changes in norms of society, ways of organizing work, technological landmarks and new knowledge.


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