Presentation T P23

T P23 (Poster Presentation):
Promoting work ability by managing cooperation

Presented by: Esa-Pekka Takala

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Takala E-P1, Juvonen-Posti P1, Joensuu M1, Reiman A1, Heusala T1, Ahonen G1

  1. Finnish Institute of Occupational Health



In Finland many public services have been changed to in-house enterprises due to economic reasons. The yearly pension contribution payment of the enterprises depends on the retirement rate of the previous years. Occupational health (OH) services are mandatory for all workplaces and they should have a central role in the management of the disabled workers. In a Finnish city a public in-house enterprise (500 workers supplying meal and cleaning services) had developed their management procedures, in order to assist their employees to continue working careers despite of disabilities. Our aim was to analyze this new work disability management system to find out 1) how the changes had been made, 2) what were the successes and problems in the process, and 3) what kind of effects had resulted. The goal was to produce a detailed description of the process.


Disability management processes in the company and cooperative environments were modelled based on appropriate documents and the contents analysis of the interviews of focus groups and individual actors. Economic evaluation was performed for years 2009 – 2012 using the productivity model (Oxenburgh, JSafetyRes 2005).


New management processes were developed cooperatively within the enterprise, and with the OH and the employee redeployment services of the city. In the organization a person familiar with the working tasks, work processes, and the operational environment coordinated the processes in cooperation with the directors of the organization, supervisors, employees, and OH. Work and working hours have been accommodated to the disabled workers considering the commissioned work and the work team composition. The coordinator has brought continuity to these processes of employee support in the ever changing work contexts. The economic analysis showed that the largest savings came from reduced pension payments and sickness absences. The investments in the first 3 years will be reimbursed within 5 years from the start if the new cost level is maintained for at least for 2 years.


Cooperation between different actors and coordinating of managemental processes so that the work can be adapted to the disabled workers can result to economic benefits.

Schedule Details

Tuesday September 30
12:45 - 13:45 Poster Viewing
Session: Disability management