Promoting physical activity and well-being for employees in small and medium-sized enterprises in Finland : A collaborative study with HEPA Europe
Mattila, Emilia (2020)
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The purpose of the study was to create better understanding of the different methods small and medium-sized companies have utilized to promote physical activity and well-being with their employees in Finland in 2010-2020. The study was conducted in co-operation with HEPA Europe as a part of their research on physical activity campaigns and interventions conducted in small and medium-sized enterprises. The theoretical part of the study focuses on the meaning and methods of employee well-being, prevalent recommendations of physical activity for adults and the definition of SMEs through books and articles. The theories and views are scrutinized through a managerial perspective and focus on promoting the physical well-being of employees. The presented theories are complemented with data on the current situations of employee activity and small and mediumsized companies in Finland. The empirical section of the thesis describes the method of data collection through curated Google search and the different phases of the study. The study is conducted through a review of grey literature as instructed by HEPA Europe. The thesis utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methods as the search results are processed in excel sheet and the contents analyzed through the theoretical framework. The results of the study show that campaigns organized with structural fund initiatives, and cooperation with graduate students have been the primary options for companies to promote physical activity within their employees The limited data indicates the need for further research to create more comprehensive results as the gathered data does not correlate with the number of SMEs in Finland. The results raise a question of confidentiality in employee well-being.