New report on Working hours, health, well-being and participation in working life
The characteristics and flexibility of working hours are changing rapidly in all the Nordic countries. Working hours are becoming more boundaryless among the higher socioeconomic groups, whereas every fifth employee still works shifts. Nordic countries share similar working life structures and bases for working hour regulations. The overall aim of the NordForsk-funded ‘Working hours, Health, Well-being and Participation in Working life’ project was to develop evidencebased models and solutions related to working hours to support health and work participation in the Nordic countries.
The report also discusses the effects of shift work and working time autonomy on health, incident chronic diseases, work-life balance and work participation in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Studies have lent new support to the associations between exposure to night shift work and several acute and chronic conditions such as the increased risk of fatigue and insomnia, occupational injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, type-2 diabetes, hypertension, miscarriage, and hypertension and preeclampsia during pregnancy, as well as short and long sickness absence and disability pensions.
Read the full report HERE
NIVA offers a course in Working Hours and Health in June 2021. Read more about the course and sign up here