Create supportive working environment

Physical environment

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Silent space

Introducing a quiet room or space at the workplace where laptops and telephones are not allowed and that is dedicated for relaxation and recharging body and mind during or outside working hours. This space can be equipped with, for example, soft lighting, a possibility to listen to calming music, and light exercise equipment, such as stall bars, hanging bar, therapy balls, gym sticks, and/or yoga mats. This space and its equipment, together with illustrated instructions for their use, could enable meditation and the performance of restoring physical activity.

This means is relatively effortless to put into action, meaning that it's execution does not require major investments as regards personnel, time, or material
Varying landscapes for working

Creating working environments with various landscapes, such as a cafeteria, a lounge with sofas, a quiet library-style area, and/or a space with dim lighting. Involving employees in designing the various working spaces and the rules that apply in them.

Social environment

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Supportive, inclusive, and respectful atmosphere

Fostering supportive, inclusive, and respectful organisational climate. For example, arranging interactive workshops in which employees and managers reflect how they can – with their own behaviour – put these values into action at the workplace. All starts with small acts, such as remembering to thank colleagues for their help and acknowledging colleagues for their efforts and successes.

Digital environment

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Email silence in the evenings

Reducing employees’ stress and pressure to work overtime, and improving recovery from work by creating a system, in which emails sent after official working hours are not delivered to the recipient until the following day

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