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Proactive support of work well-being as a success factor of logging companies during structural change in forestry

 

The three-year study begun in the beginning of 2016.  Its aim is to promote work ability and work well-being among employees and entrepreneurs of forest machine and logging companies.
The research evaluates the effectiveness of work wellbeing investments and health promotion activities on improving work ability and work wellbeing and their impact on companies’ success.

Study background

Effective forest utilisation is one of the key projects in bio economy, one of the five strategic priorities in the present Finnish Government Programme.  This means that the volume of logging will increase significantly and new possibilities and demands will be introduced to the development of timber harvesting processes. How structural change is played out is important for the wellbeing of employees. Employees’ work wellbeing is an investment in a companys’ performance, including its ability to achieve its goals.

The aims of the study

The most important aim is to obtain a reliable assessment of the effectiveness of logging companies’ measures to support wellbeing and work ability.
The long-term goal is to create a follow-up-model of business and work ability, which allows an entrepreneur to make anticipatory /proactive investments for work well-being.
The results can be used in developing companies’ and occupational health services’ operation and co-operation practices.

Stages of the study

1. A survey aimed at entrepreneurs of the forest machine/logging company and at machine operators to explore and follow up the work ability and wellbeing of all company staff.

2. Interview study among forest machine / logging company entrepreneurs, exploring methods used at the companies to promote work ability and work wellbeing, and their meaning to the company. In addition, the companies’ relationship with the ongoing structural change is investigated.

3. Economic evaluation through collecting indicators and documents about the company finances, inputs into work wellbeing and into occupational health (including, for example, the occupational health service’s action plans for the company). The economic evaluation will be carried out through an income statement analysis and balance sheet analysis in addition to measuring the value of the staff.

The study is financed by The Finnish Work Environment Fund and by Metsämiesten Säätiö Foundation. The Trade Association of Finnish Forestry and Earth Moving Contractors and the Woodworker’s Uninon are the partners in the project.

 

 
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