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Do you enjoy working at your workplace? Do you work in a good spirit? Do you solve problems in a constructive manner? Do you develop work as part of a team? What is your secret for succeeding together with colleagues? Does your workplace have the willpower to improve well-being at work?

National Prize for Innovative Practices in Employment

The prize will be awarded for the last time in 2017 and the theme is willpower.

Prizes will be awarded to 5 to 10 workplaces in Finland. The general public may also vote for the most inspiring workplace. Each prize is worth a maximum of 30 000 euros.

The way we work is changing fast. The prerequisites for long working careers must be secured in all age groups. The prize encourages organisations to review and develop their activities through the experiences and inspiring stories of others.

The prize will be awarded to exemplary workplaces who have promoted lifelong learning, the development of expertise, well-being at work and thus long working careers as part of profitable business operations – whatever the average age of the staff may be. It may be a procedure, a best practice or a social innovation that the workplace has succeeded in implementing.

What kind of workplace are we looking for?

We are looking for examples of how to adapt to a changing world. The previous recipients of the prize have supported prolonging the working careers of older workers. Persistent efforts to improve well-being at work increase productivity, improve product and service quality and decrease the number of days of sick leave in workplaces.

Well-being at work and economic success go hand in hand. Extending working careers remains an important goal. Achieving this goal requires a comprehensive examination of working life. Attention to well-being is important throughout a working career – not only in the final few years. In the long term, staff commitment and motivation are prerequisites for profitable and productive activities.

Prize criteria

  • We seek effectiveness
    The benefits of the activities are clear and have been proven (for instance, an increase in competence, positivity, finding employment, activities promoting well-being in the workplace).
  • We encourage innovative approaches
    The stories depict new ways of doing things, good practices or social innovation, and encourage others to strive for a better future, both in terms of quality and profitability. Positive attitudes and examples can inspire others even though specific practices are organisation-specific.
  • We are looking for enthusiastic spokespersons
    Workplace representatives who are enthusiastic about telling their story to others and are active in spreading the message.

Click here for instructions and timetable.

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Inquiries
Ismo Suksi, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, +358 295 163 464, ismo.suksi@stm.fi
Mikko Rissanen, Senior Officer, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, +358 295 163 287, mikko.rissanen@stm.fi
Suvi Kiesiläinen, Specialist, Sitra, +358 294 618 273, suvi.kiesilainen@sitra.fi

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The prize is a recognition of work aimed at extending working careers, in particular those of the ageing workforce.

July 2007 to December 2017

Blog Careers are extended with a will and a way

Employers' abilities to provide employment and employees' work abilities play a key role in extending working careers. Attractive and meaningful work, a high-quality working environment and a functional working community increase employees' willingness to work and continue their careers slightly longer. This is also supported by opportunities for harmonising work with other parts of life. ...

2 months ago by Leo Suomaa

News Investing in well-being at work improves productivity and quality

The 2015 National Prize for Innovative Practices in Employment and Social Policy goes to the City of Kankaanpää and Pipelife Finland Oy . Persistent efforts to promote well-being at work increase productivity, improve product and service quality, and reduce the amount of sick leave. The Finnish National Prize for Innovative Practices in Employment and Social Policy in 2015 has gone to the...

1 year ago by Kirsi Suomalainen

Other site Finland: Employee-driven productivity enhancement proves beneficial for municipalities

A two-year-long project developing and testing an employee-driven approach to productivity improvement in local government organisations in Finland has shown significant results. In the five municipalities that took part in the project, productivity improved by €2.7 million or almost €1,000 per employee, per year. (Article by Lisa Tönnes Lönnroos in EurWork European Observatory of Working Life)./ /

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News Finnish National Prize for Innovative Practices in Employment and Social Policy goes to Berner Oy

The Finnish National Prize for Innovative Practices in Employment and Social Policy went to Berner Oy today. The award is handed out for activities or innovative approaches that have supported wellbeing at work among older employees and their ability to cope, or their prospects for employment. The prize, which is worth EUR 40,000, was presented by Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen . Seniors...

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News Juhani Ilmarinen awarded the first National Prize for Innovative Practices in Employment and Social Policy

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