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Strategic Wellness Management in Finland: The First National Survey of the Management of Employee Well-being

Aura, Ossi PhD; Ahonen, Guy PhD; Ilmarinen, Juhani PhD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: December 2010 - Volume 52 - Issue 12 - p 1249–1254
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181f75f90
Special Section: Towards Better Work and Well-Being International Conference Proceedings

Objectives: To examine the scope of strategic wellness management (SWM) in Finland. To measure management of wellness a strategic wellness management index (SWMI) was developed.

Methods: On the basis of the developed SWM model an Internet questionnaire was conducted for randomly selected employers representing seven business areas and three size categories. Corporate activities and SWMI for each employer and for business area and size groups were calculated.

Results: Results highlighted relatively good activity in strategic wellness (SW) processes and fairly low level of SWM procedures. The average values (±SD) of SWMI were 53.6 ± 12.3 for large, 42.8 ± 11.7 for medium-size, and 32.8 ± 12.1 for small companies.

Conclusions: SWMI can be a positive new, strong concept to measure SW processes and thus improve both the well-being of the employees and the productivity of the enterprise.

From Ecxenta Ltd (Dr Aura), Helsinki, Finland; Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Dr Ahonen), Topeliuksenkatu, Helsinki, Finland; Juhani Ilmarinen Consulting Ltd (Dr Ilmarinen), Vantaa, Finland.

Address correspondence to: Ossi Aura, PhD, Excenta Ltd, Kutomotie 18, SF-00380 Helsinki, Finland; E-mail:

©2010The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine