Research presentation

Helena Jahncke

Research presentation

Helena Jahncke

Associate professor

Research subject: Occupational Health Sciences

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • Work-life balance and a sustainable use of communication technologies: which methods and strategies are effective in promoting recovery for employees?
  • Switching from cell- and open plan offices to an activity based office: effects on sedentary behavior, concentration and health.
  • Test the effects of alternating physical and cognitive workload on performance, fatigue and recovery.
  • Specifying which cognitive functions become fatigued during prolonged work, and which activities and environmental factors promote restoration of these functions.

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My overall research goal is to determine how companies can best carry out changes to promote a sustainable health-promoting working life. The focus is not just on eliminating risks and hazards. Within my research I focus on enhancing positive factors which can promote wellbeing, and I examine both cognitive and physiological outcomes.

One of my research interests is how office design can influence sedentary behavior, productivity and health. A second interest is how recovery and performance at work can be promoted by active pauses, alternation between work tasks, or by optimizing the access to restorative environments (i.e. environments with optimal auditory and visual features).

Current projects

Work-life balance and a sustainable use of communication technologies: which methods and strategies are effective in promoting recovery for employees?

This project is a four year collaboration between researchers and practitioners. In the first phase we will examine how much and when the employees at the Swedish Transport Administration are connected to work during free time and the associations with restoration and various health outcomes. Based on the results, we will lead focus groups within the organization, to develop proposals for action, which in the next phase, are implemented and evaluated with baseline- and follow up measurements.

Switching from cell- and open plan offices to an activity based office: effects on sedentary behavior, concentration and health.

The goal with this longitudinal field study is to use reliable objective measures to examine which office type best promotes physical activity, productive working and good health.

Test the effects of alternating physical and cognitive workload on performance, fatigue and recovery.

This project will provide a better fundamental understanding for how physical and cognitive work can be optimally combined in the workplace.

Specifying which cognitive functions become fatigued during prolonged work, and which activities and environmental factors promote restoration of these functions.

As part of the project we have also conducted a critical review of methodological issues in restorative environments research.

Finished projects

  • The influence of open-plan office noise on cognitive processes and stress hormones (see publication list).

Collaboration

  • Swedish Transport Administration
  • ​KTH, Sweden (Jörgen Eklund and Linda Rolfö)
  • Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland (Valtteri Hongisto)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP), Germany (Andreas Liebl)
  • Cardiff University, UK (John Marsh)
  • Uppsala University, Sweden (Terry Hartig)


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