Project Description


Project WELLy: Introducing the Job Profile of a Manager for Work Well-being to Prevent and Combat Work-related Stress, addresses the impact of the physical and psychosocial work environment on the health and well-being of employees.

Over the last decade, the literature exploring link between management behaviour and employee well-being has grown dramatically and the consistent message is that the way employees are managed is a key determinant of their health and well-being (Skakon et al 2010, Kelloway and Barling 2010).

For this reason, it’s necessary mapping competencies that a manager should own to be able to implement a correct approach for preventing and reducing stress at work.

This is what the WELLy project will do and, once the management competencies needed for engendering employee engagement, health and well-being will be identified, the challenge becomes supporting managers to develop the competencies and use them in their people management approach.

Project implementation period

1 September 2019 – 31 August 2022

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As overall result, the project will elaborate the new job profile for WWM from a societal as well as from a firm’s perspective. From the firm’s perspective, lower work-related stress improves productivity and reduces turnover. From the societal perspective, the proportion of economically unproductive to productive times during a person’s lifetime is improved by reducing times of sickness, unemployment, and/or early retirement

  • Introduction in the workplace of policies on mental health and welfare;
  • Improved mental health and reduced sickness absence in the working population;
  • Positive impact on productivity and economic results of workplaces