Recovery from work

An adequate balance between work and rest are prerequisites for a healthy, happy, and productive life. Recovery from work refers to the process of replenishing the physical, cognitive, and emotional resources that have been expended at work. Sufficient recovery makes employees ready for new challenges, increases their work motivation and…

Strengthen knowledge and skills

Means Description Assessment of recovery To get an idea of how well employees recover from work and what kind of support they need, it is recommended to assess their recovery status. This assessment can be done, for example, by conducting a survey that maps employees’ experiences on their workload, stress,…

Create supportive working environment

Physical environment Means Description Silent space Introducing a quiet room or space at the workplace where laptops and telephones are not allowed and that is dedicated for relaxation and recharging body and mind during or outside working hours. This space can be equipped with, for example, soft lighting, a possibility…

Adopt wellbeing-fostering policies

Means Description Smart shift scheduling Favouring a fast-forward (clockwise) rotating shift pattern that involves only 1−3 consecutive night shifts, and avoiding short (< 11 hours) shift intervals such as a morning shift following an evening shift. These arrangements promote recovery between work shifts and good work-flow among shift workers. Flexible…

Incentivize

Means Description Relaxation Providing employees an opportunity to use working time for relaxation, for example, 30 minutes per week. This opportunity could be coupled with providing a workspace for a masseur, and allowing employees to have a massage at the workplace at a bargain price.