Work environment at EECS
New work environment plan for 2020
As the new work environment plan has been released, we have talked to Petra Persson, HR officer and convener of the Work environment group at EECS about what work environment means at KTH and our school.
What does work environment mean at KTH?
"I am glad that you asked! KTH aims to ensure that all resources, both human and material, are used and developed in the best way possible, and to this end, KTH encourages its employees' commitment to sustainable development. A good work environment helps creativity and health, and provides the right conditions for good work performance. We are all part of each other's work environment, and we all share responsibility for the work environment. KTH implement a systematic approach to the work environment”.
Is there something specific that you would like to mention about the plan for 2020?
"Yes, for instance that we are focusing on creating training for managers and supervisors to help them in their roles as responsible for the work environment. And the restored restrooms! We are focusing a lot on the physical safety rounds, and this year we will also start focusing on the psychosocial safety rounds as well."
Are there any laws regarding work environment that KTH has to follow?
"Yes, in Sweden we have the Work Environment Act and the Swedish Work Environment Agency's instructions (AFS 2001:1, AFS 2015:4), and all employers are obliged to carry out systematic work environment management in accordance with those.
A systematic approach to work environment management is about noticing and considering all the various aspects of the work environment in day-to-day work that may affect employees' and students' health and safety. It means that the employer is responsible for investigating, implementing and following up operations in such a way that ill-health and accidents at work are prevented and a satisfactory work environment is achieved. This does not only focus on the physical work environment (such as for instance ergonomics) but also on psychological, social and organisational aspects of the work environment (such as stress related issues, harassment, conflicts etc)."
How does EECS and KTH work with these things?
"We work systematically with the work environment in a number of different ways, including annual work environment planning, appraisal talks, workplace meetings, employee surveys, safety rounds, management of occupational injuries and incidents. All the schools at KTH are working with this, and discusses this work in meetings coordinated by the common operational support (GVS) a couple of times per year to share experiences."
Who is responsible for the work environment?
"The Head of School has through the School's delegation and rules of procedure delegated and distributed responsibility for staff and work environment to the Heads of Divisions. But the work environment is something we are all responsible for."
What is the Work environment group at EECS, and what do you do?
"The work environment group consists of operational representatives that has been appointed to work with the school's systematic work environment and to be a preparatory body for the Head of School in the field of work environment. The work environment group reports to the school management and supports the Heads of Divisions in work environment issues. We recommend what we should focus on in the work environment plan each year. To our help we also have an operational work group consisting of representatives at HR who has good knowledge about the work environment at the different divisions."