The workbook provides support and hands-on exercises to strengthen and maintain the meaning of work, manage everyday life and to utilize peer support.

It includes examples, guiding questions, work-based exercises, reflective assignments to enhance professional identity, and advice on starting and guiding peer group activities. The workbook serves both as a self-study material for the individual researcher and as a guide for systematic work of peer groups.

The workbook is aimed at scholarship researchers, but it also helps universities and research institutes to identify the needs of scholarship holders in their work communities and to promote their well-being at work. Foundations can also use the workbook to promote the well-being of researchers, thereby contributing to the effectiveness and impact of their work.

The guide has been written by Elina Henttonen, Sikke Leinikki and Kirsi LaPointe, all with PhD and experts in wellbeing at work. The Finnish-language guide was published in May 2019.

The workbook was funded by Mela, and the English version was funded by the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers and Social Science Professionals.

The workbook is available for download at

More information:

Elina Henttonen,, tel. +358 50 546 9251 

Sikke Leinikki,, tel. 045 635 0673