Since 2015, we have launched several projects aimed at improving wellbeing at work, such as the 3-year Great Place to Work study, which we hope will help us identify the most important areas in need of improvement. The Smartum exercise and culture benefit was tested in 2015-2016. In October 2015, we launched a one-year workplace health promotion group activity for a targeted group, together with our occupational healthcare provider. The group was named Virkku, and they met 11 times to attend various lectures by workplace health specialists and to try out different forms of exercise.
Currently, the group is making plans on how to continue the program. One possibility is hiring a third-party wellbeing coach to create an occupational wellbeing coaching programme. This, of course, requires sufficient motivation and interest towards the programme.
In addition to sliding work times, we help our employees combine work with their personal life by offering remote work opportunities and tailored work shifts for production staff depending on their life situations.
From the beginning of 2017, we have offered our employees a daily dose of vitamins in the form of a weekly fruit delivery to the workplace. This idea has been warmly welcomed, and if the delivery is late, people start asking what has happened to the fruits! Based on feedback, this has turned out to be our most successful idea – 100% of our staff in Pori take advantage of this perk.
Now, the challenge is to come up with similarly successful and motivating wellbeing projects! The employer can provide information and the prerequisites for everyone to improve and maintain their wellbeing, but in the end, everyone has to take responsibility for themselves and their own motivation.
I do believe, however, that a smoothly functioning workplace community is the most crucial factor and forms the basis for wellbeing at work. If everyday life at the workplace is difficult, individual projects are useless.
Wellbeing at work also has a huge effect on the company’s competitiveness, financial performance and image. If we make the right investments, they will pay themselves back in no time.
Maiju is Fiblon’s administrative manager and handles both financial and HR matters.