Understanding Healthy Workplaces: Cross-cultural Comparisons between Norway and the United States

This cross-cultural project has been awarded a Peder Sather Grant in the amount of $25,000 to develop an improved survey tool (a Healthy Workplace Index) as well as an integrated and comprehensive model of healthy universities. Having worked together on the “Exploring Basic Psychological Needs and Health Among Academics” project, Dr. Siw Tone Innstrand from NTNU, Dr. Christina Maslach and Dr. Cristina Banks from UC Berkeley will continue to collaborate to create a more general model for healthy and sustainable working, learning and living environments by incorporating previous knowledge and performing cross-cultural comparisons of Universities in Norway and the United States. The project will develop a revised and expanded measure, based on items from the Norwegian KIWEST survey and existing measures of the psychosocial needs identified by the HealthyWorkplaces’ prior student survey and focus group interviews. Data will be collected within three universities, in the US (UC-Berkeley), Norway (NTNU), and Finland (Univ. of Tampere) and combined into a shared database for statistical analyses. The resulting outcome of this study is expected to generate the first cross-cultural, comprehensive workplace health assessment that links physical and psychological environmental factors to health, well-being, and productivity. 

Related Conference Presentation

June 2017 T. Innestrand, S. Healthy Universities: Exploring basic psychological needs and health among academics. (Work Stress Health, Minneapolis, MN)