Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (Rickard Bracken), Swedish Occupational Health Association (Peter Munck af Rosenschöld)
About the host/co-host
SALAR is a national employers association and a interest association of local authorities and regions. The Swedish occupational Health Association. Swedish Occupational Health Association works with a multi-disciplinary approach and consists of approximately 150 companies in Sweden in varying sizes and organisational form
Theme of this match
Work have, for many of us, a beneficial impact on health and can have a role both in preventing and aiding recovery. At the same time, there is a considerable amount of evidence that certain organizational and psychosocial aspects of the work environment, in particular low control, high demand, high effort-reward imbalance, low social support and job dissatisfaction, can significantly increase the likelihood of ill-health. Mental disorders are now the leading cause of sickness absence in most developed countries and can have a dramatic impact on work performance. A key focus in this match will be to discuss how lessons learned in the field can contribute to develop well evaluated and effective work based programs that have a potential to promote health, prevent sick leave and facilitate return to work. What are the key drivers that can support employers to invest in health and to make a shift from a reactive to a more pro-active approach? What does it take from an organization to implement these solutions successfully? What is needed from different actors at national, regional and local level to make this a reality for all employees everywhere?