Development projects

We have implemented numerous research and development projects and published reports and articles in scientific journals based on them. Stakeholders interested in knowledge development and implementation have participated extensively in the projects. Some from home and others internationally.

Our research and development activities have been broadly focused on our company's areas of expertise. Thus, it provides a scientific basis for our development work in business, organizations and working life. The broad scope is linked to thinking according to the Healthy organization model, which emphasizes understanding the whole. Below you will find more information about the projects and links to our studies.

Ongoing projects

In the Better working life project, the priorities vary depending on the participant and they are always related in some way to the needs of future organizations; for strategic management, personnel management, change management, renewal of operating culture, management style and supervisory work, development of workplace cooperation and consultation of personnel, psychological ownership, good flexible work organization and process enhancement, and agile renewal of service concepts and operating methods.

There are currently four sub-projects running in the Better Working Life -project:

  • Cultural leap in managing a real estate company - psychological ownership with a participatory strategy (expands into an industry project)

  • The new multicultural operating models and development model of the two care units (expanding to other multicultural communities)

  • Cultural translation of rehabilitative housing services - From guard to coach - AsKu project

  • Strategic workforce management development project (across industry boundaries)

We include new companies and organizations in the network project on a rolling basis. Welcome aboard!

Previous projects

"Social and Healthcare Productivity Talkoot" research and development program (2010 – 2011)


  • Gaius Foundation, Helsinki Senior Foundation, Koski Clinic, Rehabilitation Center Kankaanpää, Rehabilitation Center Petrea, Lilinkoti Foundation, Luhatuuli, Mainio Vire Oy, Soster, City of Tornio, City of Vaasa


Interviews and presentations

  • Improving productivity in small group workshops (Työsuojelurahasto 21.10.2011).

  • HY: The feeling of inadequacy, the uneven distribution of work and the change in the customer base put a strain on the care sector (University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, 29 March 2011).

  • Good cooperation leads to a great mood (Pension Insurance Company Ilmarinen's customer magazine 2/2011).

  • In the workplace of the future, the employee is consulted (Talentia 16.12.2011).

  • Improving the quality of working life extends working careers in the care sector (Ilmarinen, uutiset 2011).

  • The feeling of inadequacy, the uneven distribution of work and the change in the clientele burden the care sector (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry).

  • Jobs in the social and health sector are being sought for the development project (KT Kuntatyonantajat 3.11.2009).

  • Help from small groups. Improvements in work well-being can even cut sickness absence in half (Tehy 14/2011).

Personnel action of the year: "Leiskautus" - work well-being and productivity program, Planmeca (2010)

Food Industry Productivity Talkoot" research and development program (2007 – 2009)


Interviews and presentations

  • The small group model as a tool for developing the well-being and productivity of the working community. (University of Helsinki, Department of Economics 11/12/2007)

  • Investments in small group work produce results. (Evolving Food 8/2004)

  • The food industry leads the way in the development of working life. Curb sickness absences with productivity talks. (12/12/2007)

  • Workplace atmosphere, managerial work and lack of continuous improvement practices are often behind sickness absences (July 1, 2008, University of Helsinki).

  • Workplace atmosphere, poor management and lack of continuous development practices cause absences due to illness in the food industry (14.7.2008).

  • Companies' investments in the quality of working life are reflected in employees' health and the length of their working careers (December 17, 2009).

  • A third of absenteeism can be prevented by improving the quality of working life. Workplace atmosphere, managerial work and lack of continuous improvement practices are often behind sickness absences.

  • Entrepreneurs were surprised by the costs of sickness absences (University of Helsinki 21.12.2009).

  • Food Industry Productivity Talkoot: Profitability improved, sickness absences decreased (TTK 18.8.2010).

  • Tuula Eloranta, TTK seminar initiation 1 October 2009. Food Industry Productivity Talkoot - the goal is a better everyday life. Key results.

  • Food Industry Productivity Talks (TUTA) 2007-2010 - summary of the baseline survey. The goal is a better everyday life. (Holopainen & Eloranta, 2008)

  • Description of the Tykes project. HK Ruokatalo Oy. (Tykes 2007).

  • Filtration becomes expensive in the food industry ( 12.12.2006).

Personnel act of the year: Establishing small group activities as part of business activities and its development, Vaasan & Vaasan (2006)

"In pursuit of productivity and well-being" research and development program (2003-2005), pilot

Summary from 2005

  • The project is a pioneer and pioneer in many ways. It is also an internationally unique example of long-term, purposeful, ever-expanding, successful cooperation for the development of working life.

  • The program started from a development idea that progressed through the meeting of people who believe in real working life development and cooperation into a working life development program. Without this cooperation, the program would never have been realized and its results would not have spread so widely.

  • In the program, several key working life development agencies have cooperated in an exemplary way: companies, university, occupational health institute, occupational safety center, labor market organizations (ETL, SEL, MVL, TU), insurance companies, key funding agencies, Ministry of Labor and labor protection fund.

  • The program has developed a unique development tool that concretely serves working life and a working life development model, which has been used to significantly improve both productivity and well-being. With the help of the model, it has even been possible to halve sickness absences, accidents and disruptions in the process.

  • The program has successfully applied numerous studies as a practical development tool and further scientifically investigated their functionality and thus produced new valuable information. It is also becoming a dissertation.

  • The development model is also unique because it is based on cooperation and is capable of producing a completely new, permanent, cooperative development culture of continuous improvement for workplaces.

  • The results of the program have also been disseminated exceptionally effectively. There are plenty of different general publications about it, e.g. in the publications of all parties involved, a workbook, seminar presentations and training organized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Tykes has also published a case picture of it.

  • In 2007, Vaasan & Vaasan won the personnel work of the year award with the development model. The model was also presented to the parliament when planning an amendment to the Act on Cooperation.

  • The results of the program have already spread exceptionally widely. In addition to the parties involved, occupational health services, rehabilitation and insurance companies have also taken it as their own.

  • Based on the program, a new research and development program has been launched, with which the development model reaches at best already 30,000 people in the food industry. Two more dissertations are coming up in the program.

  • The model has already been applied to several industries and its dissemination continues.

  • The results of the program have been disseminated at the EU level.