Development of working life is a joint process

Working life is in constant change. The technological revolution and globalisation, the population’s age structure and climate change impact on working life.

Developing working life means inputs into learning, the ways of working and into new or improved products and services. Efforts to reform activities are successful when they are based on trust and cooperation, well-managed and part of everyday work. Successful workplaces create innovations, growth and new jobs.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment follows changes in working life and disseminates information. Finnish working life has a number of strengths, including

  • high skill levels and participation
  • on-the-job learning and training opportunities
  • digital competence
  • work life balance
  • cooperation and networking, equality and low hierarchies.

Research data is used in working life development

The Ministry is developing working life in cooperation with labour market organisations, other ministries, expert organisations and research institutes. In the work, research information is applied at workplaces on the basis of their own needs. Workplaces can seek public funding for their own development activities

  • ELY Centres’ Business Development Services
  • European Structural Funds
  • Business Finland’s funding Services

Finland has long tradition in the programmatic development of working life, most recently the ongoing WORK 2030 programme. The programme will accelerate the renewal of workplace practices and the utilisation of new technologies in the digital-based transformation of work.

More information and material on the Working Life 2020 Project, predecessor of the WORK 2030 programme, can be found via a separate menu on the left.

The services intended for enterprises are presented on website. 

Further information:
Antti Närhinen, antti.narhinen(at)
Tiina Hanhike, tiina.hanhike(at)
Päivi Järviniemi, paivi.jarviniemi(at)
Maija Lyly-Yrjänäinen, maija.lyly-yrjanainen(at)