The State Survey of Employees (MUST) aims to generate knowledge about a wide range of working environment factors and how they affect health, absenteeism, incapacity for work, and productivity in governmental agencies.

An equally important aim of MUST is to identify specific work factors within the single organisation that needs to be improved or maintained. The result-reports provided by the project are generated to help organisations in their improvement and development efforts.

As of November 2023, 70 governmental entities have conducted the MUST-survey with more than 33 000 participating employees. Research on data from MUST are now also being conducted with the objective to provide knowledge about the implications of digital work availability on the work/private life balance.

Further reading:

MUST – Norwegian site on

The State’s Employer Portal – DFØ (Norwegian site)