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Project overview

WASI – Work Ability and Social Inclusion

Central Baltic INTERREG IV A Programme 2007-2013
Financed by: "European Regional Development Fund" -INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE
Project time: May 2011 – December 2013

The focus of the WASI project is on improving well-being at work among persons working with Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Sweden (additional partner). The project is funded by the program Central Baltic Interreg IV Program 2007-2013, a program monitored by the EU commission. Project Partners are Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Tallinn University of Technology and Riga Stradins University.



  • Survey
    • consist of question concerning leadership, well-being at work, stress and work ability
  • Field measurements
    • stress measurements (cortisol in saliva)
  • Intervention
    • implementation of Metal Age work ability program
  • Cost-efficient analysis
    • analysis about the economic efficiency of the program

Results will be published in a final report and scientific articles. During autumn 2013 final seminars will also be held.

The survey and the measurements concerning well-being at work, leadership, stress etc. will be carried out both before and after the intervention. The aim is to investigate effects of the Metal Age program with before- and after intervention stress measurements and questionnaires concerning leadership, well-being at work, stress and work ability.

The Metal Age program is a participatory intervention for improving well-being at work. The whole work unit together engages in discussing the core development areas and in finding practical solutions for how to improve these areas. The objective of the program is to through better well-being at work enhance the total productivity of the organization. The Metal Age program is developed by Ove Näsman, doctor and specialist in occupational health service (for more information

The five phases of the Metal Age program

In the first phase called the orientation phase, an orientation matrix is used to emphasize the solution orientated view that the Metal Age program builds upon. In the matrix the problems are seen as possibilities and presented from an individual, an organizational and a societal point of view.

In the next defining the development areas phase the development areas are defined. This phase starts with discussions in pares about which are the most important issues in the work unit participating in the seminar. After the discussion in pares all development areas are listed and the group together groups the areas to bigger “units” (e.g. communication, work distribution etc.).

In the third phase called prioritizing these development areas are prioritized by giving each development area points from 1-10 depending on the importance of the issue, how widely it is spread (how many people it concerns) and the possibility to influence this issue. The whole group discusses and together decides how many points each development area should get. As a result of the prioritizing phase, the development areas are prioritized and the one with the highest score of points will be the priority one development area.

In the consensus and concrete measures phase the group tries to find practical and concrete solutions for the priority one development area. One person in charge and the timetable for the practical solutions taken are also agreed upon. Three to six months after the seminar a follow-up should be organized.

In the follow-up phase the realization of the concrete solutions planned in the seminar are discussed and new concrete solutions are planned for the development area prioritized to second most important in the prioritizing phase.