Theme: Seeing the human in the work place
In a fast changing working life employers are increasingly looking for people's ability to adapt rather than their grades. To be able to see the individual and the skills found within all ethnic groups is a challenge to both public and private job providers. Soft skills become more important when an organisation must change. Not least at the beginning of a career is it important not to end up on the wrong track. Sweden has introduced a coaching system to help youth find the right job.
In December 2008 the Swedish government charged the Swedish Public Employment Service with procuring coaches worth 1.1bn Kronor (€12m) for the year 2009. This created a fast growing market for coaching and today more than 900 businesses have a contract with the employment service. The contracts don't guarantee any customers, however, and the businesses offering coaches must do their own marketing.
The EU Commission has presented a new agenda for new skills and jobs. During the economic crisis there are still two kinds of jobs that are in extra demand – the white and the green ones.
Many businesses and organisations change their IT systems, yet in 70 percent of cases the change ends in failure with regard to time, budget or function. There have been many studies of what went wrong. Einar Iveroth chose to study what went right in the cases that succeeded.
Awareness of racism in the workplace is growing yet still very low in many EU countries. Sweidish employers and trade unions have the highest awareness, while those in Estonia have the lowest, according to a European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) report.
What is it that the trade unions and employers in Sweden do to make them top a ranking of awareness of integration issues made by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)?