Our strategy was visualized in 2018. We believe that work can create well-being, and that healthy, safe and meaningful work generates “well-being through work”, which in turn leads to improved productivity and participation in work life.

From the Director General

The year under review was good for the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. We reached most of our substance- and quality-related goals. However, financial uncertainty cast its shadow, especially concerning research funding, and for this reason we reduced our investments and curbed our expenditures.

We focused on strengthening our “Well-being through work” strategy and reinforced the foundations of our research by appointing three new research professors.

In terms of our business activities, we successfully launched our new web-based learning products onto the market. We will use these to develop well-being in the future on the basis of research data, irrespective of time or place.

We actively participated in social influencing, particularly through preparation for the social security reform, the Social services, health care and regional government reform, and several development programmes aiming to improve work life.  In autumn 2018, Times Higher Education ranked us among the world’s top ten research institutes.

We meet the new year with positivity and expectation. The way in which work is changing requires the revision of the ground rules and practices of work life. We are influencing these practices. We want Finnish workplaces to carry out good, safe and productive work, we want people to be well and to be able to work for a long time to come.

We expect many items on the agenda of this spring’s new government, and indeed the government programme itself, to concern the improvement of work life and to involve the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

Our Work life knowledge service, to be launched at the beginning of 2019, will offer decision-makers, in fact, all those interested in developing work life, analysed information as a basis for decision-making and for forming a comprehensive picture of work life.




Director General Antti Koivula