Project

Strategic work ability management in the social and health care reform

With the social and health care reform, Finland is facing by far the largest personnel reorganization in our labor market history. Great work ability management can support employees' well-being at work in the midst of change.

Timetable

2.1.2019–31.12.2022

Objectives

Main goals of the project: 

  • Social and health care organizations adopt work ability management as part of strategic management. 
  • Integrating work ability management with the strategy helps create the prerequisites, operating methods and follow-up tools for developing and maintaining the work ability of the personnel in times of change. 

 

Intermediate goals of the project: 

  • The management and supervisors of social and health care organizations become aware of the importance of work ability management and understand the key content and measures of work ability management. 
  • The supervisors of social and health care organizations use knowledge-based management to support employees' work ability and use predictive indicators as planned. 
  • Social and health care organizations describe the processes, responsibilities and roles of work ability management as well as the co-ordination of activities. 
  • Professionals working in the field of work ability management co-operate with each other, network and share good practices. 

Materials and techniques

During the pilot phase of the project (2019), work ability management is developed across three areas, after which the project is extended to two more areas (2020–2021). Initially, the project will examine the current state of work ability management in three organizations. Answers will be sought to the following questions, among others:

  • What stage has each organization reached in terms of the change? 
  • What types of work ability management models and processes do they have at their disposal? 
  • What kind of support would they need with the project?

The aim of the project is to support the compilation and dissemination of work ability management models and good practices, as well as the management of the social and health care reform. During the project, social and health care organizations will be able to reform and modify their existing work ability management models and good practices in order to make them better reflect their activities in the new and changing operating field of social and health care. As the project progresses, networking and peer support promote the deployment and dissemination of goal-oriented work ability management models.

Results and effectiveness

The starting point is an inclusive, client-oriented approach. The management, supervisors, work ability co-ordinators, representatives of HR management and occupational health care and other persons responsible for work ability management in social and health care organizations will work together to develop an operational model for work ability management suitable for local conditions as well as good practices for developing and maintaining the work ability of the personnel. 

The project will produce learning materials for strategic work ability management to support organizations in reviewing and developing the current state of their work ability management practices. The learning materials will also contain tools for maintaining and promoting work ability. 

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Eija Haukka

Eija Haukka

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Implementers

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health is the main implementer of the project. The project partner is Keva. Other implementers are:

From the beginning of 2020, these organizations also joined to the project:

  • Kymsote (Social and Health Services in Kymenlaakso)
  • Soite (Consortium of Social and Health Services in Keski-Pohjanmaa)

 

Strategic work ability management in the social and health care reform is part of the European is part of a project funded by the European Social Fund Succeed together – Well-being at work, management and client involvement in the social and health care reform (2019–2022).

Funding

The European Social Fund (ESF)