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Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
2015
ISBN 978-952-00-3809-0 (PDF)
ISBN 978-952-00-3810-6 (bound)

Persons with partial
work ability at work
A study of the feasibility and benefits

of the Osku-concept in different contexts

Nina Nevala, Jarno Turunen, Raija Tiainen, Päivi Mattila-Wiro

11

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Logotyyppi neliön kanssa

Logotyypillä tarkoitetaan ministe-
riön nimen vakioitua kirjoitustapaa.
Kun tunnus irroitetaan logotyy-
pistä, ministeriön nimen yhtey-
dessä tunnuksen paikalla on neliö.
Tästä versiosta on olemassa valmiit
originaalit oheisille kielille sekä
yksi- että kaksirivisinä. Kaksirivinen
on pääasiallisesti käytettävä versio.
Logotyypin neliöversiota käytetään
aina tunnuksen tai kaarielementin
kanssa rinnakkain. Neliö on aina
samassa koossa ja samassa kohdassa
suhteessa logotyyppiin, joten val-
miiden tiedosto-originaalien käyttö
on suositeltavaa.

Värillisenä neliö on vihreä (PMS 320) ja
mustavalkoisessa käytössä 100% musta.

Logotyypistä on olemassa kaksikielinen
versio vain neliön kanssa.

People with
partial work ability

in working life

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Nina Nevala, Jarno Turunen, Raija Tiainen, Päivi Mattila-Wiro

Persons with partial
work ability at work
A study of the feasibility and benefits

of the Osku-concept in different contexts

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Cooperation between the different actors intensified and deepened both within or-
ganizations and between organizations. Novel operating practices and cooperation pro-
cedures were born in the organizations and they were disseminated in the network.
Acting together, meetings around one table and clarification of the roles of profession-
als who came from different organizations were considered important. The persons in-
terviewed felt that cooperation was like peer support, which gave them confidence and
an understanding of the diverse opportunities in finding employment. In 12 months, a
problem-oriented approach gradually turned into a solution-oriented approach, as the
following quotation shows.

“Before, there was a smaller group of people that was dealing with it, and it easily turned
into blaming people when this was not working there and that was not working there. Of
course we would do it, but... Now we have genuinely and enthusiastically started to talk
about these things together, to discuss how we are going to solve this, so we’re not talking
about problems in a negative way, but in a solution-oriented way, and we have started to
promote these things in a good atmosphere. We get much better results now and it’s more
inspiring than the old way.” (Person 21, HR management)

9.2 How did the work ability coordinator benefit?
The persons interviewed found the work ability coordinator training the most import-
ant benefit from the programme from the point of view of both professional compe-
tence and networking. During the training, the students had a chance to network at na-
tional as well as at regional level. Participants were given a learning material bank and
they also completed a development task related to their own work on promoting em-
ployment and work participation among persons with partial work ability. The develop-
ment tasks helped the group learn together and develop the organizations’ own oper-
ations. The persons interviewed in one occupational health care service brought up the
fact that the work ability coordinator system also increased multi-professional work.
One occupational health care service provider took advantage of the work ability coor-
dinator training for the benefit of the entire organization and arranged similar training
for the entire personnel after each training day.

“Then we had this work ability coordinator training. One of our goals was to extend the
competence to all our personnel. We designed this structure that whenever there was a
training event in the work ability coordinator training, we had our own internal training
straight after.” (Person 16, occupational health care)

“And the network that we have built there has been very useful. It has opened up new
ways to find solutions even through education institutions and other routes. Then of course
we’ve had our customer company so we’ve in a way been able to learn together how we

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can promote these things. Both of us always had the same understanding of it after the
training, so it has of course been very significant. And also, the information content that has
been discussed there has been a very well-structured whole, so it has also been a valuable
package.” (Person 16, occupational health care)

“The best thing was the work ability coordinator training and the networking it made
possible. Especially at these two levels, so that on the one hand you network with your own
colleagues across Finland and on the other hand at regional level. I think it was built in an
excellent way in this training.” (Person 23, TE Office)

Participation in the programme gave most work ability coordinators the possibility to
focus on people with partial work ability and develop novel work practices, work meth-
ods and cooperation networks. The organizations tested different evaluation systems
(e.g. TE Office’s working life radar and the electronic questionnaires implemented by
HR and occupational health care), organized specialists’ work in a new way, investigated
workplace accommodations carried out in work units and organized training. For the
work ability coordinator to be able to develop operations, organize training and work
in cooperation with service providers and other development projects, one TE Office
reduced the number the work ability coordinator’s clients during the programme. How-
ever, the job description of some work ability coordinators had to be changed during
the year, which made it difficult for them to follow the programme.

“And of course this more flexible job description has made it possible to take part in these
events. So I’ve been invited or I have given presentations in some events. If I’d been given
all the normal everyday work to do, all this development would have been in a way left out
and communication would have been much less efficient.” (Person 8, TE Office)

10. What kind of economic effects
did the concept have?

T
he Osku-concept was piloted in 12 organizations, in two of which (private sec-
tor and public sector) the impact of the operating concept on the organization’s
economic indicators and on factors affecting these indicators were also examined.

The private sector company was part of a national chain of shops and had two simi-
lar controls (size of company, targets, structure of personnel, average age of personnel).
The public sector organization operated in the field of health care and was compared
with two similar controls. The organizations operated in different localities, which was
the main difference between them. It was assumed in the examination that partial work

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Appendix 5










Osku concept (Working with partial work ability)

Narrative interview

I Questions to the person completing the work trial
Tell me about yourself.
Tell me about the work trial in your own words.
What made you choose this particular field and this workplace for the work trial? What were your
expectations for the work trial?
How did you perceive the place of the work trial?
How do you see the roles of the person completing the work trial, the supervisor and the work ability
coordinator?
What is your own view on what you gained from the work trial? Were your expectations met and did you
achieve your goals?
If you could start from the beginning now, what would you do in the same way and what in a different way?
What kind of advice would you give to someone else in the same situation?


II Questions to the supervisor
Background questions about the organization, personnel
What does diversity mean in your organization? Tell me about the work trial in your own words.
What made you offer a work trial place?
In your opinion, what do the employer and the workplace gain from the work trial?
What would you do in the same or in a different way now?
What would you like to tell other employers about the work trial?
How do you see the roles of the employer, the person completing the work trial and the work ability
coordinator?

III Questions to the work ability coordinator
Tell me about yourself and about your background. Tell me about the person completing the work trial.
What means and benefits were used the work trial?
How do you see your role in relation to the person completing the work trial and the employer? Why were
this specific field and this workplace chosen for the work trial?
What was the best outcome of this work trial? What was your impression of the workplace?
If you could start from the beginning now, what would you do in the same way now and what in a different
way?
What would you like to tell other work ability coordinators about this work trial?
How do you see the roles of the work ability coordinator, the person completing the work trial and the
employer?

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Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
2015
ISBN 978-952-00-3809-0 (PDF)
ISBN 978-952-00-3810-6 (bound)

Persons with partial
work ability at work
A study of the feasibility and benefits

of the Osku-concept in different contexts

Nina Nevala, Jarno Turunen, Raija Tiainen, Päivi Mattila-Wiro

11

x

0,7x
0,5x

0,3x

Logotyyppi neliön kanssa

Logotyypillä tarkoitetaan ministe-
riön nimen vakioitua kirjoitustapaa.
Kun tunnus irroitetaan logotyy-
pistä, ministeriön nimen yhtey-
dessä tunnuksen paikalla on neliö.
Tästä versiosta on olemassa valmiit
originaalit oheisille kielille sekä
yksi- että kaksirivisinä. Kaksirivinen
on pääasiallisesti käytettävä versio.
Logotyypin neliöversiota käytetään
aina tunnuksen tai kaarielementin
kanssa rinnakkain. Neliö on aina
samassa koossa ja samassa kohdassa
suhteessa logotyyppiin, joten val-
miiden tiedosto-originaalien käyttö
on suositeltavaa.

Värillisenä neliö on vihreä (PMS 320) ja
mustavalkoisessa käytössä 100% musta.

Logotyypistä on olemassa kaksikielinen
versio vain neliön kanssa.

People with
partial work ability

in working life

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