How is Finland doing?

The coronavirus pandemic hit Finland in early 2020. Due to the exceptional situation, the daily lives and working conditions of many employees changed significantly. The research project “How is Finland doing?” produces research data on the well-being of the Finnish population and its different employee groups during and after the coronavirus pandemic as well as conclusions and recommendations for promoting well-being at work.
Hymyilevä työntekijä huomiliivissä etualalla, taustalla varasto ja 3 muuta työntekijää, joista 2 vanhemman keski-ikäisen näköistä.




Without knowing about the coronavirus pandemic that hit Finland in the spring of 2020, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health collected data between November 2019 and January 2020 on the well-being at work of Finnish employees in an ongoing research project. Following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the related exceptional measures, respondents to this earlier survey were invited to participate again in May/June 2020.

Since this the survey has been conducted every six months, and at the moment is part of the Sustainable Growth Program for Finland. 

By comparing the results of the survey before the start of the exceptional circumstances and the situation once it had lasted a few months, the research project produces unique research data on possible changes in the well-being at work of the population during the coronavirus pandemic.

Authors of the study

The study will be carried out by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. 

Taloustutkimus Oy carries out the collection of survey data on behalf of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

Materials and techniques

The study examines the Finnish population's experiences of well-being at work and the lack thereof in a broad sense (e.g. work engagement, job burnout, job satisfaction, boredom, workaholism, working while sick), working conditions and work-related attitudes (e.g. fairness, insecurity, cohesion), other aspects of well-being (health, work ability, depression, life satisfaction) and negative events in private life.

The study will also examine the extent to which the above experiences and changes in them may differ between different groups of the population and employees.