Subjects: Working Environment
Amir Rostami – New research leader at University of Gävle
“If we can reduce risk factors for ill health, such as unlawful influence and exposure to violence and psychological stress, we can strengthen our preventive and remedial efforts for good working environments and good health,” Amir Rostami says.
Homeworkers move around more and are more relaxed
“To me, the fact that homeworkers were more relaxed was surprising,” says Linda Widar, researcher in remote working and health at University of Gävle. “When working remotely, we both move around more and are more relaxed, and these are conditions which simply promote good health,” Linda Widar says.
Homeless women deprived of their dignity in contact with healthcare services
“There is no need to make an issue about whether the person is dirty or just comes to eat something. If you always try to see the individual, you grow yourself and can lead a better life. Becoming a cynic in the coffee room is a gigantic personal failure.”
Seven out of ten pilots would have failed to make the Hudson emergency landing
When an Airbus caught fire soon after taking off, Captain Chesley Sullenberger saved all passengers by making the split-second decision to land on Hudson River in New York.
“It is not about luck; some pilots have the ability to think fast during extreme stress and our tests tell us who they are,” says Eduardo Rosa, researcher in cognitive neuroscience at University of Gävle
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Industrial workers of the future not in danger of extinction—but models are
“Operators in the future will be a partly new and much more multifaceted profession. With the help of technology, operators will be active in a completely different way,” “Young people want their jobs to be meaningful, they want to contribute to the world. This development is beneficial for sustainability, and we should not be so terribly worried about the jobs, they will still be there,”
Unique research: Home workers sleep longer but remain as productive as before
a unique study in collaboration with Gävle Municipality, the researchers have compared individuals when they work from home to when they work at their offices. Participants wore an accelerometer, a motion sensor, for seven days and kept a diary to note sleep and working hours. The results surprised the researchers. “We have a very unique material here, says David Hallman at University of Gävle
Studying to music significantly impairs creativity
The common belief that music enhances creativity is disproved by researchers University of Gävle and two universities in England; in fact, music has the opposite effect. “Regardless if the music made the participants feel good, if they liked the music or if they regularly listened to music while studying, music impaired their creative performance.”
The Union welcomes the University’s research on the new jobs in e-commerce
The workload is high and there are major psychosocial disorders, so we hope to be able to make a difference. Now, the Union has also reached out to us and asked for help,” Jennie Jackson concludes. This is the first study conducted in Sweden that focus on the new type of central warehouses in which employees pack food ordered online.
Academics find strength in nature during the COVID-19 pandemic
A new study from University of Gävle shows that nature is by far the most important resource in coping with stress and with working remotely for staff at universities and university colleges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Swedish Corona strategy was for a homogenous population”
“The Swedish strategy did not take the migrants’ ways of life into account. It looks as if those responsible completely missed this aspect in their preparations,” says Komalsingh Rambaree, reader in social work at University of Gävle. After the great immigration in 2015, Swedish authorities should have known that this is a vulnerable group, and their strategy should have intended to protect them.
40 percent less school bullying in Gävle
“In Gävle, teachers know who the children who are bullied are, and they put a stop to the bullying for at least three out of four pupils each term,” says Peter Gill, professor emeritus in education at University of Gävle. “In Gävle Municipality, the percentage of pupils who were bullied was lower, and the difference is substantial: school bullying is 40 percent lower than the rest of Sweden.”
Violence at work tends to increase after staff reductions
When employers cut down on staff, more incidents of violence are reported to the Swedish Work Environment Authority, according to research. Violence often occurs at workplaces where clients are in need of help and support. “Actually, this is a work environment issue,” says Sofia Wikman, criminologist at University of Gävle.
“Scents bring back my memories”
Researchers at the University of Gävle are developing an app that is aimed to inspire both residents and staff at residential care facilities to use the garden to promote well-being and health. “I observed how the garden can stimulate all senses, evoke old memories, and this is what we want to use the garden for,” Eva Dahlkvist explains.
Social engagement risk factor for teachers
One out of ten teachers in Sweden suffers from stress-related exhaustion, a 50 percent higher percentage than in other professional groups. “Teachers with a strong social consciousness who are deeply involved in pupils and colleagues are the most vulnerable ones,” says Ola Nordhall, lecturer in psychology and doctoral student within occupational health at the University of Gävle.
Learning in pairs gives new nurses the sense of confidence they need
“When you are new and very vulnerable, working in pairs provides the sense of confidence you may need to stay in the profession,” says Ylva Pålsson, researcher and lecturer in nursing science at the University of Gävle. First-line manager see peer learning as a good method too, learn from each other, become independent faster and both of them learn to collaborate and learn by collaborating.
University of Gävle research awarded EU prize for assistance to older adults and people with disabilities
The AXO-Suit is an assistive mechanical skeleton which give freedom of mobility to older adults and people with reduced mobility. “This means very much to us now when we are developing a consumer product of AXO-Suit which will be accessible to everyone,” says Sajid Rafique, researcher in robotics at the University of Gävle.
Investment in health increased Scania’s production
“When it come to deciding what tools you need, you should ask those on the floor,” Bengt explains. If given the opportunity, they can share their expertise about what would be useful to them. But for this to happen, managers need to “go gemba” as the Japanese say; they must go the place where it happens.
There is positive job stress
"Moderate stress is good for health and for work," says Mamunur Rashid, Doctor of Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Gävle. Many doctors and nurses, for example, choose to work in an emergency department even though they know it is stressful there. They know their profession and thus have control and a realistic belief in themselves despite the stressful environment.
Reasons why young real estate agents leave the profession
Many recently graduated real estate agents decide to leave the profession early in their careers. “It is hard to find a healthy work-life balance, as many young real estate agents do not receive adequate help to gain a foothold in the profession,” says Mats Lövgren, lecturer at the programme in real estate brokering at the University of Gävle.
“Belief in oneself is the way back to work”
“By believing in their work ability, despite back and neck disorders, women find different way of coping with their pain,” says Mamunur Rashid, researcher at the University of Gävle. For a long time, Mamunur Rashid has followed more than 200 women on long-term sick leave due to neck, shoulder and back pain to determine factors that bring about, as well as factors that hinder, return to work.