Theme: New thinking mobilising change
Is it time for a new approach to work and people's relationship with work? In the Nordic countries, work is traditionally highly valued. Employment rates for both men and women have for a long time been the highest in the world. But even if the term 'working joy' was coined here, something is seriously wrong in the relationship between the worker and the job. High levels of sick leave, unemployment figures and early retirement are all indicators of that. ‘ How can work develop so we can go to work with joy - no matter if we're young or old, are able to work a lot or a little, have got physical or psychological handicap or come from different ethnic backgrounds? There are good intentions about, but somehow it's no longer enough. Do we need a new approach to working life? Do we need a strategy for a sustainable working life?
- Sustainability - a strategy for the future
- Can society be sustainable if working life isn't? By valuing working life in terms of sustainability, we add a new perspective of forward thinking and inclusiveness which concerns people. Sustainability puts work in a context which challenges traditional solutions and players, and it mobilises fresh thinking. This is one conclusion from a report written by professor Bjørg Aase Sørensen and Christin Thea Wathne at the Norwegian Work Research Institute, on commission from the Nordic Council of Ministers Committee on Working Environments. The report will be published this spring.
- Making production sustainable: The Danish experience
- When Danes talked about 'sustainable' production in the past, they were most likely thinking of organic farming products. During the 1980s and l990s the expression was given a wider meaning. Today it is associated with production, economy and working life.
- Integrity - a new term in Norwegian labour law
- The Nordic countries set up labour inspection authorities to protect workers against accidents, dangerous chemicals and excessive spells of work. But how do labour inspection work when the work place is in transformation? During times of change so many things happen simultaneously that the employees’ integrity is threatened.
- Older workers: A mental change for Finland
- The number of employed people over 55 years of age has increased more in Finland than in most other European countries in recent years. A full three quarters of the 300.000 jobs created between 1999 and 2001 were taken by older men and women.