Working Environment Knowledge for Young People

We have produced an educational material on the work environment for pupils aged 13 to 16 years. Through theoretical and practical exercises, pupils gain knowledge of what work environment is, how to influence it and what risks and wellbeing factors at work can be.

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The lesson material consists of:

  • Presentations
  • Exercises and tasks
  • Teacher’s guide

About the lessons

The training material consists of six short lessons that each take 20-30 minutes to complete. The lessons are created to arouse interest and provide knowledge about the work environment through teacher-led exercises and discussions. The subjects of the lessons are:

1. Physical and psychosocial work environmentexpand_more

In the first lessson, the pupils get an introduction to what the concept of work environment means and, through films and discussions, get to think about what affects how we feel at work. The concepts of physical and psychosocial work environment are introduced – and make the broad spectrum of the work environment comprehensible.

The lessons ends with work environment researcher David Hallman explaining why work environment is a knowledge that pupils can benefit from for the rest of their lives.

2. Wellbeing and Risk factors expand_more

In the second lesson, the pupils are invited to reason about why work environment is important for their health during their working life. They get to learn about the factors that research has found impact us to feel good or bad about working.
The lesson also includes an exercise in identifying risk factors and wellbeing factors.
The lesson ends with work environment researcher David Hallman talking about the development of the work environment from risk factors to wellbeing factors.

3. Digital Work Environment expand_more

In the third lesson, pupils find out how digital tools affect us physically and psychosocially in everyday life and in working life. The pupils can do a self-estimation exercise where they calculate how many hours per day they spend in front of screens. They also get evidence based ”tricks” that they can perform themselves to prevent risks that exist in the digital work environment.

The lesson ends with work environment researcher David Hallman confirming that the digital tools affect us and that we do not yet really know how we are affected by them.

4.The Work Environment of the Futureexpand_more

The fourth lesson is about predicting what future work environments could look like. What types of jobs will we have in 25 years? Are we all working in space 2048? The pupils discuss in groups and as a whole class how professions have changed over the years and what impact these changes have on the work environment. The lesson ends with work environment researcher David Hallman telling us what research within the work environment of the future has come up with and whether it is even possible to do research on something that has not yet happened.

5. Create a Dream Work Environmentexpand_more

The fifth lesson is entirely devoted to an practical exercise that gives the pupils a possibility to transfer the theoretical knowledge about work environment that they have gained in lessons 1-4. The students can create their dream workplace in groups- and in these groups discuss which work environment factors they would think are most important to work with in this place.

6.Examination and Work Environment Quizexpand_more

In the last lesson, the pupils present their dream workplaces to each other. Afterwards, a quiz with six questions, statements and images related to the previously completed lessons is carried out. Finally, the pupils are ”graduated” with an inspiring and fireworkds-filled film.

The lessons are Based on Work Environment Research

Work environment researcher David Hallman, university lecturer and docent in occupational health science at the University of Gävle, participates in the educational material.

More about David Hallmanexpand_more

David conducts research on health-promoting physical activity and sedentary work life. Among other things, he is interested in how different patterns of physical activity and sitting still at work and is leisure time can contribute to better health and a reduced risk of ill-health and physical ailments.

Read more about David Hallman on the University of Gävle’s website.


Produced in Collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers

The lesson material os financed by the work environment committee of the Nordic Council of Ministers, where SAWEE is included as part of its international mission.

About the Nordic Council of Ministersexpand_more

The Nordic Council of Ministers is the Nordic governments’ official cooperation body. They work for joint solutions in areas where the Nordic countries can achieve greater results by cooperating than by solving the tasks individually.

About the project- Work environment and youth expand_more

The lesson material has been produced by the agency and a group consisting of teachers, study and vocational guidance counselors, work environment researcher, communicators and analysts.

The lessons have been tested by pupils at Thoren Framtid Kunskapsakademin in Sundsvall, Sweden.

Read more about the project (Swedish)