Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 2, May

Active Aging Policies between Individual Needs and Collective Goods. A Study of Active Aging Policies and Practices in Norway
BackgroundThe future of older workers has become an issue of major concern to European governments (OECD, 2013; 2006). To fulfill future demand for labor and to ensure that there is a large enough workforce to carry tomorrow's pensions and public services,...
Assessing the Present in Perspective of the Past: Experiences from a Chronicle Workshop on Company-Level Work Disability Management
BackgroundEvery day, organizations launch change and development projects challenging common ground for planning, implementation, and action. Working in such organizational contexts, employers and employees face multifactorial health problems, creating...
'Daring Leaps' Construction of Meaning and Individual Agency in Career Change Narratives in the Media
IntroductionIndividual agency in constructing meaningful careers has become highly topical in work life research and policy-making (Eteläpelto et al. 2013). Faced with the uncertainties and changing work life conditions, individuals are increasingly...
Employee-Driven Innovation in Welfare Services
IntroductionPublic sector innovationMost chief executives today regard innovation as a key imperative; in the context of the public sector, it may even be a core process (Mulgan, 2007). Public sector innovation has come into focus as the sector faces...
Former Glory and Challenges Ahead: The Definition of Working Life Research in Sweden
IntroductionThe results presented in this article show that the concept "working life research" is decreasingly used in government policy documents. A similar trend is noticeable in Swedish academia where the scientific discipline that corresponds to...
Intervention to Prevent Mental Ill-Health among Health Care Workers
IntroductionThe tasks, organization, and management of work, as well as the social and environmental contexts of work can influence an employee's mental and physical health in various ways (Cox et al., 2000). The ways these various factors of work interact...
Introduction
The first article within this issue deals with the history of Swedish working life research. Carin Håkansta is the author of this interesting article.In the 1970s and 1980s, Sweden had an absolute dominance in the Nordic working life research, but from...
Lack of Commitment? Work Orientations of Finnish Employees in a European Comparison
IntroductionEuropean countries are currently attempting to increase their employment rates in the face of growing global economic competition, financial and economic crisis, and an aging population (Council of the European Union, 2010; Gallie, 2013)....
What Do Social Processes Mean for Quality of Human Resource Practice?
IntroductionWell implemented human resource practice (HRP) is linked to increased performance (Huselid, 1995; Kuvaas, 2007), innovation (Ceylan, 2013), physical and psychological well-being for managers and employees, and a decrease in turnover rate...
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