Super Week for Wellbeing at Work in Finland

A huge variety of special events took place across Finland the week of 9-14 November as part of the ‘Super Week for Wellbeing at Work’, held in order to raise awareness about occupational and safety health (OSH) issues, including stress management. Everything from chair massages in shopping malls and a train station commuter choir got people to stop and check their stress.
Nov 27, 2015

The Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress Campaign was promoted in Finland via number of events that took place right across the country and coordinated by the Finnish Focal Point. Perhaps the most visible action was a series of roadshow style visits to shopping malls across Finland to raise awareness about workplace stress. The public and passers-by were invited to ‘Hurry and ask … take a break’ – or in other words to stop and pause for a minute to learn more about stress at work and to share their ideas on the subject. Bloggers and radio programmes promoted the shopping mall visits towards the public and when visitors stopped by, they were treated to chair massages as they pondered importance of wellbeing at work.

But that wasn’t the only place the campaign promoters reached out to the public. A live choir was even on hand to entertain commuters at a busy train station with songs encouraging them to ‘stop hurrying’ (so as to reduce their stress). Campaign information was also distributed at special workshops and information points. Everywhere people were handed little, orange anti-stress balls.

At the same time, exercise sessions were organised at break times at actual workplaces in order to reach out directly to employees. These were done both in person and virtually in case workers wanted to join in on the workout via their laptops. Videos with young people talking about the ways in which they are happy with their jobs was also made available online.  

Overall it was an eventful week that managed to raise lots of attention around the topic of workplace wellbeing and the importance of reducing stress.

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