Evaluation of the psychosocial working environment is based on “the six gold nuggets” (according to Danish National Research Centre for the Working Environment). We have applied the gold nuggets to apprentices’ well-being in a workplace:Demands of work
This is about work pace and workload, deadlines, but also about emotional and social demands. This is especially relevant, when you have to perform under pressure and can be quite a strain for apprentices! Influence on work
This has to do with who you work with and how the work has to be done. If you have influence, you will feel responsible and be active. When the apprentice is included in decision processes, he/she will feel more motivated. Meaning with work
This is about the relationship between the individual employee’s work tasks and the rest of the production. An apprentice does not have the same perspective as an experienced skilled worker. The apprentice will find the context for his/her tasks difficult to understand. Social support in work
This is about getting help and feedback from management and colleagues, when you need it. An apprentice should be able to feel confident, ask for help and get help. The apprentice should be able to feel a part of the collective. Predictability in work
This is about getting information about important events, so that you avoid uncertainty. An apprentice needs to know what is going to happen, in order to feel confident. Reward from work
This is about salary, career, recognition and appraisal. Apprentices will experience well-being, when their efforts are recognized.