Newsletter

Subscribe to the latest news from the Nordic Labour Journal by e-mail. The newsletter is issued 9 times a year. Subscription is free of charge.

(Required)
You are here: Home i In Focus i In Focus

In Focus

The Nordic model under pressure from new leadership methods

The Nordic model under pressure from new leadership methods

New management models are threatening a long tradition of collective decision making within Nordic labour life, Nordic researchers say. Employees loose influence and their chance to cooperate to reach constructive solutions within organisations and businesses.

The Nordic model under pressure from new leadership methods - Read More…

Nordic countries top of global trust league

Nordic countries top of global trust league

The Nordic countries are top of the world when it comes to trust. This means people dare to cooperate, which benefits the economy a great deal. And from trust more trust is born.

Nordic countries top of global trust league - Read More…

Trust makes the workplace more innovative

Trust makes the workplace more innovative

Signe Jarvad is the boss of 60 employees at Copenhagen’s Leisure and Culture Administration and not afraid of making decisions. But not without sounding out all relevant parties, and she also leaves many of the decisions to the employees. She believes this has led to higher work satisfaction and more innovation.

Trust makes the workplace more innovative - Read More…

The City of Copenhagen: Work based on trust, not control

The City of Copenhagen: Work based on trust, not control

Managing and leading public sector jobs using trust can help solve the complex challenges facing the Nordic welfare states, believes a researcher behind a new study on the Copenhagen trust reform. She challenges the Nordics to share experiences of trust-based management and leadership.

The City of Copenhagen: Work based on trust, not control - Read More…

”Trade unions must organise people working though platforms”

The sharing economy represents a challenge to the labour market as we know it. In the face of this development, the Swedish trade union Unionen has just entered an agreement with German IG Metall. The aim is to find tools for how to organise the growing part of the labour force which works through online platforms.

”Trade unions must organise people working though platforms” - Read More…

The core idea of labour law is under threat

The core idea of labour law is to protect the weaker party in an employment relation. This is increasingly under attack from market-led thinking where the main aim is to create opportunities for everyone to get a job. This might sound good, but it could lead to a worsening of conditions for both those who have managed to get a foot in the door of the regulated labour market and for those who are knocking, waiting to get in.

The core idea of labour law is under threat - Read More…

Sharing economy glossary

The new way of organising the selling of services can be confusing, and so too the accompanying terminology. Here is a short glossary for the most common expressions.

Sharing economy glossary - Read More…

Can the Nordic model survive the sharing economy?

The sharing economy, where customers use the Internet to find providers of different services without using physical middlemen, is also a threat to the Nordic model which builds on collective agreements. Employers and employees are forming non-contract relationships within a growing number of trades. If there is a contract, it mostly states that the partners cannot be considered to be employer or employee.

Can the Nordic model survive the sharing economy? - Read More…

Young workers at greater risk of psychological ill health

Young workers at greater risk of psychological ill health

Many young workers in the Nordic countries live dangerously in the workplace, according to a new Nordic report. The risk for physical injury as well as psychological ill health is considerably higher among young workers compared to older ones.

Young workers at greater risk of psychological ill health - Read More…

A top psychological working environment on the Danish island of Lolland

Employees should be whistling when they go to work and when they go home again. That is the ambition at the Center for Social Indsats (Centre for Social Measures) – a municipal workplace employing 275 people on the Danish island of Lolland. And there are many reasons to whistle contently: their psychological working environment has been named the best in Denmark.

A top psychological working environment on the Danish island of Lolland - Read More…

Many Danish municipalities seek help to improve psychological working environments

Many Danish municipalities seek help to improve psychological working environments

A newly formed group of consultants will be helping municipalities improve employees’ psychological working environments. There is great interest in getting support.

Many Danish municipalities seek help to improve psychological working environments - Read More…

Working women’s psychological ill health made worse by uneven structures

Working women’s psychological ill health made worse by uneven structures

There has been a strong increase in work-related psychological ill health in Sweden in recent years. People working in the health, education and care sector are particularly exposed. But this is not only a Swedish phenomenon. The same development can be found in all developed economies, and hardest hit are women and youths.

Working women’s psychological ill health made worse by uneven structures - Read More…

Job boredom – a taboo subject

Job boredom – a taboo subject

There is a lot of talk about burnout in the workplace. But there is not much serious debate about being bored at work. Yet these repetitive, grey days can dramatically influence work capacity and efficiency.

Job boredom – a taboo subject - Read More…

Sick leave down by 40 percent after focus on attendance

The Norwegian municipality of Songdalen went against the grain in order to cut the level of sick leave. They concentrated on attendance instead of absence, and used the staff’s own knowledge about their working environment with great success.

Sick leave down by 40 percent after focus on attendance - Read More…

Refugees can become an engine of growth

Refugees can become an engine of growth

Many types of voluntary organisations played an important role when Sweden received a record number of refugees last autumn. There are many challenges, but with successful integration many municipalities consider refugees to be the solution to the future need of labour.

Refugees can become an engine of growth - Read More…

Can Nordic refugee policies be coordinated?

The large number of refugees arriving in the Nordic countries is having consequences for Nordic cooperation. This is the theme for the Nordic Council’s session in Oslo. New border obstacles have emerged, and if the refugee situation is handled very differently in the different Nordic countries it could have grave consequences.

Can Nordic refugee policies be coordinated? - Read More…

Danish businesses to train refugees for jobs

Less than one in three refugees in Denmark finds work after three years. Now the government and the social partners want to change this by introducing a two year integration education programme in the workplace.

Danish businesses to train refugees for jobs - Read More…

Defining Sweden's feminist foreign policy

Defining Sweden's feminist foreign policy

Sweden’s feminist government wants to use its foreign policy to promote women’s and girl's rights, representation and resources based on the reality in which they live. What exactly a feminist foreign policy means is hard to define, but the perspective should permeate everything the foreign ministry and the diplomatic missions to.

Defining Sweden's feminist foreign policy - Read More…

A slight dip in gender equality in Nordic positions of power

Since last year’s barometer there has been a change of government in Finland and in Denmark. Both resulted in governments with fewer female ministers. As a result Nordic gender equality falls by three points to 66 points. Behind the seemingly slight loss, women particularly in Denmark are facing a real setback in the fight for power.

A slight dip in gender equality in Nordic positions of power - Read More…

Sustainability must be based on democracy and has a hefty price tag

Nordic countries are leading the way in sustainable development and welfare, built on solid democratic foundations. That was one of the central themes when Finland organised its first conference after taking on the 2016 Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Sustainability must be based on democracy and has a hefty price tag - Read More…

Document Actions

This is themeComment