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• 21.02.2020

Health or occupational health?

Health and well-being are goals that are worth aspiring to. Both words can be preceded by the word occupational. We then mean various measures carried out at workplaces to promote an employee’s health and well-being. As a result, the productivity of the work improves. When needed, specialist help is available from the occupational health service. Nowadays also digital services make it easier for small workplaces to access the expertise of the occupational health service more than previously. By utilizing technology, the stipulated occupational health services will be brought to all workplaces in the near future.

Perhaps you will now guess that the theme in this issue of Telma is occupational health. The task of the occupational health service, together with the workplace, is to prevent health hazards related to the work. In addition to preventive care, occupational health services also include curative care, that is, the treatment of diseases. If you read all of Telma’s articles, you will see that health and work capacity are affected not only by the actions of the occupational health services, but decisively also by the employee’s own choices and actions.

Employers today have access to evidence-based models and methods, which can reveal negative changes affecting the employees’ work capacity already at an early stage. Effective ways of recovering during the work day are for instance break exercises as well as spending time in real nature or virtual nature. A hybrid version of this is to have walking meetings. These combine physical activity in nature and discussion of work issues. Although the work day must include recovery breaks, the most significant recovering nevertheless takes place during sleep. Sleep is essential for recovering from the mental and physical stress caused by work as well as free time.

Kenneth Johansson

Editor-in-chief

kenneth.johansson@tsr.fi

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