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December 2 2013

WASI final seminar inspired blog entry by Camilla Wikström-Grotell, chair of the steering group of the project.

The blog entry can be found here.

March 8 2013

Article relating to the project in Åbo Underrättelser

The article describes the origin and benefits of the Metal Age method. Both former project assistant Essi Gustafsson, and the founder of the Metal Age program Ove Näsman were both mentioned in this article.

The article shortly describes why they in Raasepori regard well-being at work as an important issue. It is stated that is too expensive not to put effort into the well-being of their employees. Almost all of the employees that participated in the Metal Age program were content with it.

Click here to read the article.

January 25 2013

The WASI project was presented at the International Conference on Occupational Health and Safety 6-7.12.2012

All presentations from the conference can be found here. The presentation presenting material from the WASI project were:

Health risks caused by monotonous work with computers
(Piia Tint)

Improving well-being at work with the paricipatory Metal Age method (Essi Gustafsson)

Eustress and Trust (Jukka Piippo)

September 12 2012

One more article about the WASI project has been presented

On more article about the WASI project has been presented at the 13th European Conference on Knowledge Management organised in Spain at the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena 6-7 September 2012. The article is called Knowledge creation and the employee well-being – analysis of the relationship and is written by Agnes Maciocha Agnes from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland, Brian Niehoff from the Kansas State University, USA and Jukka Surakka from Arcada University, Finland

May 16 2012

Two articles about the WASI project have been presented

The WASI project is proceeding and two articles written by project members about issues concerning work health and well-being at work have already been published! You can find the articles in pdf-format at the bottom of the page.

The first one Work Ability and Social Inclusion project -enhancing collective knowledge through leadership and stress management was presented at the ECIC conference organised on 23-24 April at Arcada University of Applied Sciences and is written by Agnes Maciocha, Jukka Surakka and Ove Näsman.

The second one Computer users’ health risks caused by the simultaneous influence of inadequate indoor climate and monotonous work was presented at an International conference at Tallinn University of Technology (the whole publication can be found here) and is written by Piia Tint, Ada Traumann, Viive Pille, Varje-Riin Tuulik-Leisi, ViiuTuulik from Tallinn University of Technology.

March 5 2012

Welcome to the WASI project website!

On this website you can find information about the WASI project, but you can also find information about well-being at work in general. We will update the website and post useful information about issues concerning well-being at work and work health, under the headline Well-being at work - information and tools. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to know more about the project!

What is WASI?

WASI stands for Work Ability and Social Inclusion and is a project aiming at improving well-being at work in Finland, Estonia and Latvia. Arcada functions as lead partner for the project and Riga Stradins University (RSU) and Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) as project partners. In each university there is a multi-professional team working together to reach the objectives of WASI.

Main focus of the project

In the WASI project the main focus will be in leadership, stress management and communication, but also the more physical side of work health will be paid attention to. The target group will mainly be office workers working with ICT and administrative tasks. Therefore the target group consists of people working mainly with computer, which causes quite different risks with regard to well-being at work and work health compared to people doing more physical work. One risk factor is musculoskeletal disorders, but research has also shown that long sitting times and a sedentary lifestyle can create a risk for many different diseases like diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, a heightened risk for cardiovascular diseases and can even cause untimely death[1]. Leadership has in many studies showed to be one of the most important factors for well-being at work. Communication is a great part of the leadership. Some even say that leadership is communication. Communication and leadership are also important parts and at the same time forming the organizational culture, which also has an impact on well-being at work. In today’s society with increasing market pressures and the constant aspiration after increasing productivity, stress management has become an even more important factor. People working with ICT also constantly need to learn new technologies and computer programs. This can also create stress, even though the new technology aims at improving productivity by using more advanced technology. 


We will be using surveys for mapping out the situation concerning well-being at work. The Metal Age program will be used as one method for improving well-being at work. In the metal Age program developed by Ove Näsman, the idea is that everyone in a work unit together tries to find out what the main problems in the work unit are and also find practical solutions for these problems. You can find out more about the Metal Age program under the headline “What are we doing” and at

We hope you will find useful information on our site!

  • [1] Van Uffelen, J. et al. (2010) Occupational Sitting and Health Risks. A systematic review. American Journal ofPreventive Medicine.