Want to develop your work community?
A healthy work community is the pillar of an enterprise that develops and thrives in the market. Read more about how you could help your work community to add to the healthy atmosphere of the work place.
When we think of the factors that influence corporate growth and well-being, having a team of skilled staff members is at the top of this list. Sometimes a situation may arise where you will need to develop the skills and expertise of your staff to safeguard your business operations.
These types of skill development measures include such areas as language training, study support, changes in work duties, professional competency testing, and training provided to the key persons in your company. Your supervisors and organisational culture play a decisive role in ensuring that the continuous development of your staff’s expertise provides your company with a competitive edge.
To help develop your staff’s skills and expertise, you can try various types of coaching and training sessions. These are arranged on a face-by-face or distance learning basis and are available as part-time modules and intensive courses. Would you or your work community benefit from training or international coaching?
- Business development aid
- Business development services: Managing Growth training
- Business development services: Management of Marketing and Customer Relationships training
- Business development services: Management of Finance and Productivity training
- Education and courses concerning staff and entrepreneurship (te-palvelut.fi, in Finnish)
- Training deduction: take advantage of the three day training right (koulutus.fi, in Finnish)
- List of apprenticenship trainings (suomi.fi)
- List of training for the key executives (suomi.fi, in Finnish)
- List of personnel competence development advice (suomi.fi, in Finnish)
- Stufy info (studyinfo.fi)
- Developing of competence (in Finnish, yrittajat.fi)
- Employers training deduction (vero.fi, in Finnish)
- Development of employees' professional skills (sak.fi, in Finnish)
The responsibility for work well-being is shared between everyone in the workplace. Having healthy, capable and motivated personnel is also very beneficial for the employer.
Work well-being involves a combination of many different factors. Business values, the individual’s well-being and the business activities themselves can all impact the well-being of the work community. How are people faring in your work community?
Employers are responsible for taking care of occupational safety and health. The same applies to ensuring equal treatment and good management of employees. When this framework is in place, each employee and manager has the opportunity to impact the well-being of their work community.
We have listed examples of how you can take care of the well-being of your work community.
What you can do as an employer:
- Be flexible where you are able to
- Make clear agreement with employees on objectives, resources and role
- Provide opportunities for developing one’s own expertise
- Take care of occupational safety matters
- Treat everyone equally
Is it time for growth or change? You can get funding support for different situations – whether you are a new or a seasoned entrepreneur, and whether you are developing a new business idea or adjusting to changing market conditions.
Changes can take place in production or in the work community, in which case it is possible, for example, to rearrange working conditions or develop the operating environment. Your local business networks can also support you on the path to growth and change. Investments and loans can also be needed as part of the growth process.
Services to employers
- Pay subsidy for hiring an unemployed person
- Operating environment development aid
- Recruitment training
- Subsidy for arranging working conditions
Services to entrepreneurs
- Business Finland's funding services
- Start-up grant: support for the livelihood of a new entrepreneur
- Business development aid
- Business support for rural areas (in Finnish)
Are you looking to advance as an employer or entrepreneur but you don’t have any idea how to proceed in practice?
We have listed situations and services that may be useful when you need support as an employer or entrepreneur. They can help you find a good employee, become a better leader or act in a constructive manner in conflicts, among other things.
Is your business growing or are you thinking of taking it in a new direction? We can direct you to analysis and consulting services, information services and other points of assistance that we hope will help your business. You can also find information on the possibilities of transferring the ownership of the company.
You should also find out more about the municipal business services in your area.
Is it time to take your business into a different direction? Building new competence can be multidimensional: It can mean learning new skills, improving communication or operating methods or improving the atmosphere in the work community. Make diversity an asset in your work community.
A good employee is a major investment and can bring the employer a lot of value. You can search for suitable employees by logging into Job Market Finland and creating a job ad or browsing jobseeker profiles. We have also compiled a list of different services that are available to support your recruitment process.
Do you have a job with rather rare required competence or specialised skills? You can search for jobseekers with suitable skills by logging into our service and searching for profiles with different criteria.
Depending on the position, you may also be able to train the employee or contract an entrepreneur for the task. We can also provide guidance on recruiting from abroad if suitable experts might be found internationally.
The goal of human resources is to put the right people in the right positions in the workplace and ensure everyone’s well-being in the work community. You can find advice and help through the information and services listed below if you need help as an employer or with Human Resources.
Sometimes you don’t notice that the employee, job or the employer are incompatible until after hiring. There are different alternatives to terminating the contract, and it might also be possible to develop the employee's skills in the desired manner. Sometimes the best solution is the termination of the employment.
Disputes or conflicts sometimes arise in almost all work communities. As an employer, you play a key role in identifying and solving problems in the work community. Moreover, you are tasked with supporting your diverse work community and different employees.
Disputes at a workplace
Disputes may arise when your employees have different perspectives on matters. This should not be seen as a negative thing if the disputes stem from different ideas about developing the activities or work in your work community. At best, different viewpoints can help improve your business operations and work efficiency. Aim to make your work community a place where it is easy to discuss different views in a constructive manner.
If the disputes are caused by issues such as discrimination or other inappropriate conduct, it is essential to address the matter as early as possible. Although your employees may be able to identify workplace bullying, your responsibility as the employer is to take concrete measures against it:
- Encourage the members of your work community to be open and tell you if they encounter discrimination, bullying or violence.
- In case of a conflict, try to resolve the situation by listening to all involved parties.
- Work together to find a solution that suits everyone.
- Find out what caused the conflict in the first place and consider if there is something in the work community or work that can be changed to prevent the problem from recurring.
- Together with your work community, establish an operating model for conflict situations, if one does not already exist.
The Centre for Occupational Safety offers comprehensive guidelines for dealing with conflicts in a work community:
- Työpaikkakiusaaminen (ttk.fi)
- Häirintä ja epäasiallinen kohtelu (ttk.fi)
- Työpaikkaväkivalta (ttk.fi)
There is diversity in every work community
Make diversity an asset and a competitive advantage for your work community. There is diversity in every work community, and it is essential that all employees are treated in the same, non-discriminatory manner by the employer. Make sure that all employees are treated equally and respectfully and address any disputes or conflicts that may arise. Discuss the topic of equality and possible discrimination issues with your employees individually and as a group. For example, development discussions are a good opportunity to find out if there are any equality-related problems at the workplace.
Remember equality and non-discrimination in all situations: when you are recruiting new employees, providing employees with orientation, distributing tasks, promoting employees or letting them go. You can also make sure that everyone in your work community is familiar with the grounds of discrimination that are prohibited by law. You should also prepare an equality plan, keep it up-to-date and introduce it to your employees.