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Stress and burn-out have a major impact on people and organisations. In a large-scale European project, researchers will develop interventions to promote our mental health at work. To this end various experimental projects will be set up in Europe, including two in the Netherlands: one at the University of Amsterdam and one at the Department of Waterways and Public Works.

The goal of the international project ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’, or H-Work for short, is to effectively promote mental health in organisations in the care, government and SME sectors. These are all sectors where high levels of work pressure and (sickness-related) absenteeism are reported. To this end experimental projects are being developed in the public healthcare sector, academic and government organisations and in small and medium-sized enterprises in five European countries (Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic).

Interventions

H-Work will develop interventions at the level of the individual, the team, managers and the organisation as a whole. All interventions are intended to strengthen the mental health, resilience and enthusiasm of employees. That can be accomplished by supporting individuals and helping them to greater resilience, but also by removing stressors from the organisational environment and by increasing resources in order to anchor solutions in structural terms.  

Digital resources

The project will develop an innovative platform that should contribute to the welfare of employees and to the health of organisations. To this end digital resources will be offered, enabling:

  1. organisations to compare the mental health and welfare of their employees with national and European data.
  2. organisations to choose the most suitable health-promoting interventions for their organisation and for the level of the intervention.

UvA is a project partner

H-Work is being funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation, and will run until June 2023. The project is being coordinated by the University of Bologna. The project coordinators at the UvA are Dr Machteld van den Heuvel, Dr Roy Sijbom and Prof. Edwin van Hooft. The kick-off meeting took place in Bologna on 16 and 17 January

dr. M. (Machteld) van den Heuvel

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group Work and Organizational Psychology

prof. dr. E.A.J. (Edwin) van Hooft

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group Work and Organizational Psychology

dr. R.B.L. (Roy) Sijbom

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group Work and Organizational Psychology