Workability management projects create thousands of euros in savings for the Oulu Deaconess Institute Foundation.Read story
Workability management brings savings and joy at work to a nursing home for disabled war veterans
Workability management projects create thousands of euros in savings for the Oulu Deaconess Institute Foundation. Absences due to musculoskeletal diseases were reduced by more than half.
Sotainvalidien Veljeskoti at the Oulu Deaconess Institute provides a home for war-disabled men and women. A project was initiated in order to ensure a healthy and safe work environment and work conditions for the employees of the nursing home.
“Musculoskeletal diseases are the main reason for absences among the nurses of Veljeskoti, and they tend to be long,” says Jaana Lamberg, HR Director at the Oulu Deaconess Institute.
The initial key indicators were analysed together with the occupational health care services provider and Varma’s experts.
“Varma’s workability management experts challenged our existing practices in a good way and encouraged us to take a different approach,” Lamberg says.
Sick leave rates in general were significantly reduced, and absences due to musculoskeletal diseases have been reduced by more than half.
“We have achieved savings of over 40 per cent, totalling tens of thousands of euros,” Lamberg explains.
Päivi Räinä, Services Manager at Sotainvalidien Veljeskoti, points out that the project has improved the quality of life of many employees.
“The fact that this project concerns all of us creates peer support and motivation. We have all been vitalised by the increase in personal well-being and pleasure we now take in our work.”
Courage to choose one’s own path
In Finland the self-employed can do things differently and take risks without the fear of being left with nothing.
“I started to feel that I no longer wanted to be part of the constant increase in consumption – that I want to do things differently. That was 11 years ago,” says Globe Hope’s Managing Director Seija Lukkala.
Globe Hope manufactures environmentally friendly design products from recycled and left-over materials. The company takes materials that no longer serve any purpose and turns them into new, unique products such as clothing, bags and accessories.
Lukkala says she has been in the clothing business “all her life”. At the turn of the millennium, the clothing industry was suffering from overproduction, and cheap clothing chains had made their way to Finland. Globe Hope’s mission is to show that there is an alternative way of doing business.
“Our products are sustainably, ethically, ecologically and esthetically different.”
Employees are Globe Hope’s biggest resource.
“We get along superbly. We can do exactly what feels right.”
In Lukkala’s view, Finland is a great country for the self-employed. The prerequisites for risk-taking are there.
“In Finland you’re not left with nothing. We have social security, daily sickness allowances and pension cover. Our children receive an education, regardless of whether their parents have gone bankrupt or not.”
Back to work through rehabilitation
Varma’s vocational rehabilitation produces good results. Owing to rehabilitation, many people who have been on extended sick leave or whose workability has been jeopardised have been able to return to work. Work trials are an effective means of returning to one’s previous work or starting a new job after a long period of sick leave. The aim of a work trial is to make the return to work as stress-free and easy as possible by, for example, reducing the person’s working hours and providing lighter tasks.
Fazer Food Services Oy’s cook Pasi was able to return to his old job thanks to a work trial supported by Varma. Following a long period of sick leave caused by leg pain and surgery, an individual plan for returning to work was tailored to Pasi. He started off easy, and increased the amount of work according to how strong he felt. After a three-month work trial, Pasi started working full hours and has been able to keep up with it for over a year now.
“The work trial was definitely a positive experience. It was a bit tiring at first, but the soft landing helped me get back into the swing of things. My leg is fine now, and I’m excited to be back in the kitchen,” Pasi says.
Our shared future is being built here and now. It is being built through work carried out in Finland.
In Finland, we have a saying: ‘Work is a reward in itself’. It shouldn’t be taken too literally, however.
It is also important for companies to take care of their employees. This is where Varma comes in. We do not hesitate to provoke change when the need arises.
Let us learn from the past together and take stock of where we are right now. Together we can find ways to perform more efficiently, sustainably and productively in future.
Change is achieved through courage and resolute decisions. Good work is carried out together by identifying and removing any obstacles to progress. We share the same goal: the success of Finnish businesses. We help you to see more clearly into the distance, but also to take a closer look at your everyday operations.
Straightforward pension services online
Applying for a pension, and viewing and changing pension information is secure and easy through Varma’s e-Services. Users can log in using bank codes or a mobile certificate. There is no charge for using the services.
When Kari Halme, 71, applied for a pension, he was struck by how convenient the services are.
“It’s well thought-out and simple to use. I submitted my application online, and a couple of days later I received confirmation of my application,” Halme explains.
Halme was an Engineering Manager at Stora Enso’s Veitsiluoto Mill in Kemi. He commends Varma for the smooth overall process and, above all, for the eServices.
“I didn’t have any problems at any point.”
The results of Varma’s survey, which was carried out last summer, show that other pension recipients also consider the online services clear and easy to use.
In eServices one can check, for example, the amount of pension or rehabilitation allowance and when it will be paid, or view a breakdown of payments made during the previous 12 months. Users of eServices can also change the bank account number and update their contact information and, further, print out or order pension certificates for Kela, the tax office or social services.
It is also possible to raise the tax percentage on one’s pension.
Read more about Varma’s pension services.
Kari Halme of Tuusula is enjoying his freedom as a pensioner. He submitted his pension application conveniently online.