Study of working ability, mental well-being and work engagement of firefighters and sport coaches after a professional group guidance

Is group guidance useful tool to enhance working ability, mental well-being and work engagement for firefighters and sport coaches? This question is getting answers, when the cooperation project of University of Jyväskylä (Department of Sport Sciences: Physical Education and Social Sciences of Sport), Society of Professional Coaches of Finland and Rescue Department of Central Finland will be finished in end of year 2016.

The focus of this project is in working ability, mental well-being and work engagement of two groups - firefighters and sport coaches. The aim of this project is to:
 
- Define the differencies and similarities of the work related psychical assets in the individual and organizational level.
- Clarify the meaning of these psychical assets to one´s working ability.
- Study the change in the focus groups working ability, psychical well-being and psychical assets during and after the intervention.
- Study the focus groups experiences about the professional group guidance.
 
The project enlightens the meaning of the psychical assets and psychical well-being for the working ability of firefighters and sport coaches. The project increases the knowledge about the functionality and productivity of the professional group guidance where the two different professions are guided together.
 
By the end of the year 2016 the results and the good practices of this project can be exploited by other professions (such as police and security) that are predominantly men and have similarities in psychical work related stress and assets. The results of the project will also benefit the coach and firefighter educators and study programs. 
 
The project is funded by Department of Sport Sciences: Physical Education and Social Sciences of Sport (University of Jyväskylä), Rescue Department of Central Finland and The Finnish Work Environmental Fund.
 
For more information of the project, please contact:
 
Project researcher Mikko Pirttimäki (mikko.pirttimaki@jyu.fi) or
Head of Project, Ph.D. Marja Kokkonen (marja.kokkonen@jyu.fi)