European and global reports indicate an increase in the spread and severity of mental health problems among the general population in the recent years, thus imposing a major burden on individuals, society and economy across the EU countries.

One quarter of the EU working population is expected to experience a mental health problem during their lifetime, such as depressive episodes, anxiety symptoms, adjustment reactions, burnout syndrome. Accordingly, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work reported that common mental disorders, absenteeism, unemployment and long-term disability can be directly linked to work-related stress and are dramatically growing across a number of the EU Member States

Although a large body of evidence emphasises the positive effects of several intervention strategies on work-related stress management, the actual implementation of these initiatives within work contexts is still limited.

The main barriers concern:


H-WORK project has the purpose of designing, implementing and validating effective multi-level assessment and intervention toolkits, evaluating individual and organisational outcomes of the adopted measures and provide further innovative products and services. The aim is to effectively promote mental health, along with policy recommendations for employers, occupational health professionals and policy makers.

In particular, the main project actions concern:


The main project actions concern the development of a protocol dedicated to the evaluation of psychosocial risk factors in the workplace; testing the effectiveness of a set of multi-level interventions and developing a protocol able to verify the procedural aspects of the interventions and the economic impact on the life of the organization involved.


The H-WORK concepts and approaches have been translated into practice following a strategy that consists of three distinct phases

The Preparation phase develops the theoretical basis for the H-WORK Toolkits (HAT, HIT, HET). H-WORK conducts a needs analysis at each intervention site using the HAT needs analysis protocol to gain a better understanding of the specific needs of each organisation, select the most appropriate multilevel intervention from the HIT and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the interventions using the HET.

The Implementation phase tests and validates the H-WORK Toolkits through their application in the intervention sites. Public organisations and SMEs involved (see Intervention sites), divided into two groups, are going to take advantage of the Toolkits for a period of 18 months in total. H-WORK is going to collect a series of quantitative and qualitative data along this period to ensure a longitudinal approach.

The Exploitation phase promotes the H-WORK Toolkits and bring the H-WORK Innovation Platform to the market, for policy makers, CEOs, managers, health professionals, insurance companies and researchers.


The data collected at the intervention sites are uploaded to the H-WORK Databank and stored with the strictest confidentiality and protection. The H-WORK Databank will be further enhanced as the technological backbone on which the Benchmarking Calculator (H-BC) and the Decision Support System (H-DSS) will be developed.


To achieve the aims of H-WORK project within the total duration of 42 months, an integrated project plan and overall work plan strategy has been applied. It consists of eight structured work packages and strategically positioned milestones.


Lead partner

The objective is to coordinate and monitor the project activities,
the administrativeand financial aspects.