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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).
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.
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.
This project will provide a better fundamental understanding for how physical and cognitive work can be optimally combined in the workplace.
As part of the project we have also conducted a critical review of methodological issues in restorative environments research.