Work is increasingly self-managed and takes place remotely or outside the employer's premises. Work can also be done at any time of the day. How to recover on a daily basis at work and between working days? Are working days and breaks timed correctly both at the employer's premises and in remote work? These are key factors in fostering coping at work.

The Recovery Calculator can be used to evaluate working conditions from the perspective of recovery. The Recovery Calculator helps to understand challenges related to recovery and to ensure that workplace practices promote recovery at work.

The Recovery Calculator guides you in identifying and solving challenges that are critical for recovery. It also proposes method cards, which the organization can use to identify and implement operational models that promote recovery.

There are four method cards:

  1. Ways to improve recovery during the working day in remote and in-office work
  2. Managing availability for work using performance appraisals
  3. Increasing the ability to influence working time
  4. Reducing the stressfulness of shift work with good shift planning

The Recovery Calculator provides the user immediate feedback and steps to start the development work.


You should respond to the Recovery Calculator survey as a team that includes representatives of management/supervisors, HR and occupational safety and health as well as personnel.

The survey should be directed to a part of the organization/employee group whose recovery practices are known. The management of this part of the organization/unit should be involved in responding to the survey.

The Recovery Calculator should preferably be part of the unit’s normal risk assessment.

Responding to the survey cannot be paused. For this reason, you could, for example, go through the questions and print them out in advance, so that you can search for information before answering as a group. The questions can be found at the end of this page.

The Recovery Calculator should be used again once development projects are completed. This provides an opportunity to assess the success of the development measures taken. This also provides us at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health with feedback on the usefulness of method cards.

Information required to respond to the questions of the Recovery Calculator can be found in the following systems, among others:

  • guidelines and decisions by the management and HR
  • HR systems
  • hours tracking
  • previous surveys.