Despite all - working with a smile

  • Soenderbo Andersen, Lars Peter (Project manager)
  • Pihl-Thingvad, Jesper (Project participant)
  • Andersen, Dorte R. (Project participant)
  • Vestergaard, Jesper Medom (Project participant)
  • Ryom, Pia (Project participant)

Project: Research

Project Details


How can workplaces prevent mental health problems caused by high emotional demands?

Layman's description

High emotional demands increases the risk of mental health problems and the risk of long term sickness absence. Several studies indicate that the association between emotional demands and mental health is influenced by instrumental and social support at the workplace. But, more knowledge is needed on how practical preventive measures might prevent mental health problems caused by high emotional demands at work.

The purpose of the study is:
- To identify what protecting factors and prevention initiatives that affects the association between high emotional demands and mental health problems, at different workplaces.
- To develop guidelines that can help improve prevention initiatives in workplaces with high emotional demands.

The project uses a knowledge transfer design, based on one-year prospective survey data combined with in-depth interviews as well as workshops for researchers and key stakeholders. Survey and qualitative data is collected among employees in the public organizations and workplaces where high emotional demands are an integral part of the work, e.g. municipal family centres, special schools, somatic and psychiatric hospital units, residential homes etc.

Institution of primary responsibility
Occupational Medicine, Herning Regional Hospital

Contactperson from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Jesper Pihl-Thingvad.

100 Danish workplaces; Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Aalborg University Hospital; Department of Environmental Medicine, Regional Hospital Herning; Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Odense University Hospital. The Board of interest consists of representatives from 10 of the largest Danish Trade Unions the Danish Working Environment Authority; the Industries's association of work environment (BFA) The association of the Danish Municipalities, and the Associations of the Danish Regions; and the Danish association of Work Environment Consultants.
Funded by The Working Environment Research Fund.
Effective start/end date01/08/202001/08/2024

Collaborative partners

  • Regional Hospital West Jutland (lead)
  • Danmarks Lærerforening
  • FOA
  • Kriminalforsorgen
  • Danske Regioner
  • Dansk Socialrådgiverforening
  • Yngre Læger
  • Arbejdstilsynet
  • BrancheFællesskabet for Arbejdsmiljø for Velfærd og Offentlig Administration
  • Dansk Sygeplejeråd


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