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Norway's new Super Minister: Bjarne Håkon Hanssen

Norway's new Super Minister: Bjarne Håkon Hanssen

(Mar 10, 2006) Work for all is one of the main aims of Norway's new left-of-centre government. "Super Minister" Bjarne Håkon Hanssen carries a great responsibility. He controls one in three of every krone in the budget. He has to make sure the government reaches its goal of a more inclusive working life. The hidden unemployment must be fought, and more people of employable age must be included in working life.

The jigsaw of life…

The jigsaw of life…

(Mar 01, 2004) Three public authorities in Sweden are co-operating to encourage Swedish employers to make it easier for their employees to combine work with parenthood. As part of a larger campaign, they are now sending out a jigsaw to 6.500 employers, with the question: "Work and family - How easy is it to make the pieces fit at your place?"

Scania: A health conscious company

(Mar 01, 2004) "People who feel well are more creative and do a better job. The result is a win-win situation," says Gunnar Hedlund, head of the health and work environment unit at the Scania buss and truck- factory in Södertälje in Sweden.

The best mix: old and young together

The best mix: old and young together

(Mar 01, 2004) “We should look after our senior staff, but it is not our intention to turn Linjegods into a workplace exclusively for older workers. We must also attract the young, so that we get what we call a success mix of age groups, says Asbjørn Aanesen, who is organisational director at Linjegods. He is responsible for making as many staff as possible stay on in the distribution company – until they reach retirement age.

Book in review: Managing Workplace Health

(Nov 01, 2003) The EU takes the notion of the global network-society seriously and, it seems, finds a network to fit every good cause.

Weekend in mid-week

(Oct 01, 2002) Three days’ work and three days off is a model that is increasingly being tried out in Sweden, especially in the health service and care of the elderly. The idea was considered ‘crazy’ when it was first tried out, but it is now attracting more and more attention even outside Sweden. Several Danish local authorities are going to introduce the model on an experimental basis in the autumn, and several large enterprises both in Sweden and other countries have expressed interest.

In Hillerød they sleep at work

(Oct 01, 2002) Employees work better after an afternoon nap, which is a good thing both for them and for their employer.

Norwegian partnership for an inclusive workplace

(Nov 01, 2001) An "intention agreement for an inclusive workplace" was reached between the government and the Norwegian social partners at the beginning of October. Over the next four years, the parties will work actively towards reducing absenteeism by 20 %, getting more disabled people into work and encouraging people to stay working for longer. The agreement will be reviewed after two years.

Well-being at work

(Nov 01, 2001) Nordic efforts to improve working environments are now beginning to show results. Tarja Filatov, Finland's Minister of Labour, has brought the attention of the Nordic Council to the economic significance that a good working environment can have for businesses and the national economy.

Book in review: A hundred years of occupational safety and health

(Nov 01, 2001) A recently published study from the National Institute for Working Life in Sweden offers a fascinating introduction to the development of the work environment and safety at work in Sweden during the 20th century

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