Education and Information Technologies

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 95–111 | Cite as

Towards sustainable well-being in SMEs through the web-based learning program of ergonomics

  • Marja Randelin
  • Terhi Saaranen
  • Paula Naumanen
  • Veikko Louhevaara


Promoting well-being at work in the context of sustainable development is a complex and dynamic issue. To enhance sustainable well-being at work, organizational learning (OL) is one requirement. The purpose of this study was to identify and describe the characteristics of the learning program of the ergonomics ‘the Ergonetti’ that promote sustainable well-being at work implemented in the small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The data was gathered through individual thematic interviews of 14 students who participated in the study and carried out the learning tasks in 10 different SMEs. The data was analyzed using inductive content analysis in the frame of sustainable well-being at work and organizational learning. The characteristics of the learning program of ergonomics that promoted sustainable well-being at work related to the categories describing worker’s individual capabilities and competence, work organization and environment, and leadership. The results suggest that, in the light of promoting sustainable well-being at work the learning program of ergonomics may be considered an efficient and straightforward distance learning program accessible through the Internet. In addition, sustainable well-being at work through learning is rarely being in focus of occupational health research.


Well-being at work Sustainable development Web-based learning Organizational learning SMEs Content analysis 



The Academy of Finland and The Finnish Work Environment Fund have funded this study. Heidi Antila carried out the editing of English language.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marja Randelin
    • 1
  • Terhi Saaranen
    • 2
  • Paula Naumanen
    • 3
    • 4
  • Veikko Louhevaara
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Health Sciences, Institute of Biomedicine, Group of ErgonomicsUniversity of Eastern FinlandKuopioFinland
  2. 2.Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing SciencesUniversity of Eastern FinlandKuopioFinland
  3. 3.Finnish Institute of Occupational HealthKuopioFinland
  4. 4.University of OuluOuluFinland

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