Salutogenic presence supports a healthpromoting work life

Hege Forbech Vinje, Liv Hanson Ausland


Many employees of the Norwegian municipal health services retire before
reaching retirement age. In Norway, initiatives to retain health care workers are part of a broad strategy to retain older workers in all occupations and professions. The study is explorative and qualitative. It explores older workers’ (50 +) perceptions of presence and work-related well-being. Multi-stage focus groups, individual in-depth interviews, and qualitative content analyses were carried out. To promote presence, it must be understood as somewhat more than the opposite of absence. Salutogenic presence has four characteristics: Sense of usefulness; Relational quality: wanting the best for each other; Mastery; Zest for work. Experiencing and exploring the characteristics of presence in the workplace stimulate salutogenic presence and build health-promoting working life for seniors. A leader's role is to facilitate the process and to acknowledge the characteristics.



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