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Workability Model

According to Ilmarinen and Tempel (2002) Workability is "the ability to work (...) defined as the sum of factors that enable a person in a certain situation to successfully complete a task to manage something". This includes physical and emotional vitality (physical, psychological, spiritual and mental health). The basis for the selection and classification of the components of the toolbox will be this work ability model, categorized according to the following:

  • Health and performance
  • Knowledge, technical ability (Competences)
  • Values, Attitudes, Motivation
  • Work environment, work organization, leadership
Workability Model


The aim of the AKKUEurope project is therefore the systematic development and testing of a multimedia toolbox

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In this analysis we focus on the search for suitable instruments aimed at maintaining work ability, and in this sense the first step is a definition of the term work ability.

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Multimedia toolbox suitable for the target group on the basis of existing instruments

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The Last Transnational Project Meeting of the AKKU Europe Project has been held in Malaga.

Co-funded by the EU, AKKU Europe is a project with the objective of improving workability for micro and small enterprises through multimedia tools. The meeting attendees represented seven institutions from six different countries (Spain, Italy, Belgium, North Macedonia, Germany and Poland). In order to take inventory of all the actions done and plan future steps, the consortium met in Malaga, Spain, in a meeting hosted by the Spanish partner, Internet Web Solutions. Among the products created during project implementation, a set of more than 30 tools in various formats (infographics, videos, excel-based, brochures, questionnaires, checklists) as well as a selection of programmed, interactive ones were developed. The project is also concentrating its efforts on disseminating its results to all kinds of interested parties: lawmakers and authorities, MSMEs (at both management and staff levels) and VET and Adult Education professionals The meeting was held without incidents and all the topics on the agenda were discussed. All members of the consortium were satisfied with the development and objective achievement of the Project.


Final completion of the AKKUEurope Toolbox

Summer 2021 market the period during which all partners consolidated their workability tools extrapolated at national level from literature sources specialised on the topics – from both a medical and managerial perspective. During the third transnational project meeting (Sep 2021), partners agreed on a common template that could provide for clear reference to readers and users of the AKKUEurope Toolbox: • Concrete description of its aims • Scale and scope of the tool • Target group of reference at organisational level (i.e., admin staff, clerks, directors) • Benefits of the tool, in terms of both ease of use and practical outcomes & impacts • Estimation of the overall duration • Practical recommendations on how to use the tool In order to facilitate the deployment of the given tool, partners linked a checklist in which readers and users can report action plan(s), procedures and processes, cost estimation of the correlated activities, shares of roles and responsibilities. The full list includes the following: 1. On boarding – Induction of new employees 2. Checking Workability – Management 3. Checking Workability – Employees 4. Ensuring learning success – Applying new knowledge in everyday working life 5. The office workplace 6. Employee appraisal 7. Personnel Management 8. No stress with the stress – Stress Check 9. Working sessions: interviews, meetings and team work 10. Designing change management processes in small companies 11. The “WAI” (Work-ability Index) Questionnaire 12. Checklist and recommendations for safety at work 13. The IPAQ Questionnaire 14. Mindfulness – A tool to increase concentration 15. Healthy workplace – Key area of influence 16. The Return to work process 17. How to support wellbeing and health in the workplace? 18. Assessment of employee’s motor and sensory skills and workplace accessibility 19. Assessment of employees’ health situation and ability to work 20. Lighting installations for better workability 21. Remote work: Do our workspaces fit our needs? 22. Labour risks and prevention services 23. Business Development Plan 24. What kind of leader are you? 25. Labour Risk Prevention The ones that users see above are the result of a multi-stage assessment that lead us to filter our final choices based on their level of coherence and consistence with project’s methodology and perimeter of the analysis. All resources are in open access format, and are available for free via the official Open Educational Resource platform of the project. Soon, the training material will be uploaded in multilanguage version on: https://www.akkueurope.eu/toolbox.php


The House of Workability and in-detail assessment at international level of key ability-to-work drivers

At the beginning of June, the AKKU’s partnership gathered together during the second transnational project meeting (TPM) of the AKKU project to discuss more in details the concrete steps needed to finalise and consolidate the toolbox for workability: a very comprehensive and detailed set of resources that targets (i.e., micro-entrepreneurs and admin staff of MSMEs) can leverage on to assess, analyse and foster working conditions and overall organisation climate of their firms. The aforementioned classification includes means that are instrumentals in strengthening the ability-to-work’s experience in terms of: • Employees’ health and performance • Knowledge, professional skills (competence) • Values, attitudes, motivation • Work environment, work organization, leadership In total, we clustered more than 30 tools that provides for significant insights, recommendations and To-Dos to enhance work-ability conditions at micro-enterprise dimension. These resources have been extrapolated from scientific literature and trustworthy sources (i.e., medical and management journals) so as to compile our toolbox with up-to-date and state of art knowledge on the matter. Each partner was responsible of carrying out an assessment at national level – at exception of the Belgian partner IHF, which look into EU and international sources – to take stock of consolidated and robust work ability-related publications and materials. After a first round of desk research, each tool has been further classified based on: • Target group of reference (i.e., management and / or employees) • Branch / sector, and domain of interest (i.e., remote working) • Aims and objectives • Content’s description • Benefits • Supporting format (i.e., paper vs digital version) • Link to the House of Workability: CRITERIA vs LEVEL • Source and bibliography The Second TPM represented a great opportunity for all partners to evaluate internally at consortium level current progresses and achieved results. Most importantly, partners took this opportunity to agree on the final outline of the toolbox in terms of content, structure and usability. To know more about the background, scale and scope of the AKKU project, please visit: www.akkueurope.eu