Effects of non-standard work arrangements on health, work and families – solutions for the future in Sweden

Project Details


The ever-changing economic environment, technological advancements, general weakening of trade unions and
changes in labor laws have led to the emergence of a variety of non-standard work arrangements. There are
significant research challenges related to evaluating the consequences of these work arrangements that this
research program aims to address.
The overall purpose of this research program is to
1. Deepen the understanding of how non-standard work arrangements affect individuals, families and
communities and how these contribute to inequalities in work environment, health and well-being.
2. Identify initiatives that counteract the negative effects of non-standard work arrangements and increase
the ability of workers to participate, exercise empowerment, and live healthy lives.
The program applies multiple methods including quantitative, qualitative, review and participatory research. It
also involves extensive international collaboration and comparison. WP1consists of a total population cohort in
Sweden 2003-2020 which will study effects of non-standard work arrangements on health and well-being of
individual workers, their coworkers and families. WP2is a multi-country qualitative study exploring the complex
inter-relations between non-standard work arrangements, health and well-being to gain a better understanding of
howwork be proactively shaped to support the needs of workers. In WP3, which has three parts, we will 1)
review case-studies from different countries of local policy initiatives which have aimed to stop or counteract the
negative effects of non-standard work arrangements 2) follow and evaluate a government-sponsored program in
Sweden involving unions and employers, aimed to counteract crimes and rules violations among companies as a
means of gaining a competitive advantage 3) translate the results of this programme into practical tools for
practitioners for assessing risks of non-standard work arrangements.
Short title or EU acronymPOWER
Effective start/end date1/07/1930/06/25

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  • Social behaviour and social action
  • Sociology of occupations and professions


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