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ERIC Number: EJ802263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0965-4283
Development of Occupational Wellbeing in the Finnish European Network of Health Promoting Schools
Saaranen, Terhi; Tossavainen, Kerttu; Turunen, Hannele; Naumanen, Paula
Health Education, v106 n2 p133-154 2006
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present the baseline results of a school development project where the aim was to improve school community staff's occupational wellbeing in co-operation with occupational health nurses. Design/methodology/approach: The Wellbeing at Your Work index form for school staff developed for the study aimed to account for occupational wellbeing and satisfaction in terms of the activities maintaining the ability to work as well as the working conditions, working community, worker and work and professional competence and the need to develop them. Findings: The most problematic factors of occupational wellbeing were the urgency and pace of work at school and the problems in working space, postures and equipment. In addition, the activities supporting resources, including stress control, exercise, relaxation and mentoring, were inadequate at work. Research limitations: The sample of school staff (n=271) consisted of 12 schools in Eastern Finland, and the results cannot be generalised widely due to the small and geographically defined sample. However, the results are suggestive for other schools elsewhere in Finland. Practical implications: The content model for the promotion of occupational wellbeing presented in the article and the results obtained provide a broad and practical approach to the development of school staff's occupational wellbeing. Occupational health care services are meant to support school communities, and they should therefore provide better information of their services and develop their competence based on the content model of occupational wellbeing. Originality/value: The work index form based on the content model serves as a good tool for schools and occupational health care in evaluating and developing occupational wellbeing. (Contains 2 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland