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A distinction for the technology industry's well-being at work project
The round table on productivity has awarded distinctions to work places that have been able to simultaneously improve productivity and the quality of working life and which represent the workplaces of the future and the conditions for their development.
The distinctions for working together for productivity were awarded at the Productivity through Working Together seminar in Helsinki on 26 March. Distinctions were awarded to one of the pilot stages of the Good Work – Longer Career project and to Nakkila Group Oy.
The distinctions for working together for productivity are used to reward successful, jointly implemented and exemplary work place and sectoral projects and programmes that have simultaneously improved the productivity and quality of working life in Finnish workplaces.
Award winning workplaces also need to fulfil the requirements for being workplaces of the future: innovation and productivity, a skilled workforce, health and wellbeing at work, and trust and collaborative activity.
The other companies and organisations awarded distinctions were: Levypyörä Oy, RTK-Palvelu Oy, City of Oulu Schools and Education, Atria Suomi Oy and the recreational working group of the City of Vaasa's home and residential care Age Centre.
Pilot stage of the Good work – Longer Career project
The distinction for working together for productivity was awarded to a labour market organisation joint venture and its pilot phase. The employer and employee organisations the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, The Finnish Metal Workers Union, Pro, the Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff YTN and the Union of Professional Engineers in Finland jointly started the three year Good Work - Longer Career project in 2011.
The project's goals include the improvement of employee wellbeing, maintaining working ability, preventing absences through ill-health, the development of beneficial working models and tools and the creation of a new kind of culture in the workplace. 19 technology sector companies participated in the pilot phase.
In the current roll-out phase, the tools and working models tested in the pilot phase are placed at the disposal of enterprises. The roll-out phase will include 100 new companies. Participation requires the commitment of both the management and personnel.
Tiina Hartikainen, Project Manager, tel. 050 586 2879, tiina.hartikainen(at)teknologiateollisuus.fi
Nakkila Group Oy
At the end of 2010, the Nakkila Group Oy began a development project in the technology industry's Good Work - Better Career initiative. The Nakkila based family firm employs 70 members of staff and serves its international clientele in their various tank and process equipment needs and bio-fuel heating plant investments.
The development targets were chosen on the basis of a so called radar questionnaire and included noticing the individual needs of the personnel, cleanliness and order, increasing skills and expertise and the promotion of physical well-being. The project was led by a project group which met fortnightly and consisted of staff and managerial representatives. As a result of the project, there were improvements in morale, trust, openness and a willingness to pull together at the company.
Jussi Kivioja, Production Director, tel. 0500 527 173, jussi.kivioja(at)nakkilagroup.fi
The round table on productivity was founded in 2007 as a high level body of the central labour market organisations. Its task is to promote and highlight productivity, the quality of working life and working together for productivity in Finland. All the central labour market organisations are represented in the group, along with their close partners in productivity.