ISS Finland is the exemplary employer of the year
The VATES Foundation granted the Exemplary Employer of the Year Award to ISS in Finland for its successful work in providing jobs for those partially capable of working.
The jury especially emphasised the company's determined action to support those returning to work from sick leave.
Sirpa Huuskonen, HR Director of ISS Finland said:
– Every employee is important to us. We work with determination so that the employee can successfully return to work even after an extensive period of sick leave.
The Exemplary Employer of the Year was also recognised for the development of working conditions and recruiting those with a partial capacity to work. At the moment, ISS Finland provides jobs for many hundreds of people with a partial capacity to work, with a normal employment contract and salary. The goal is to offer employees work that matches their working capacity by modifying work content and hours, and by relocating and re-training them. At the workplace, those with a partial capacity to work are treated as equal with others.
Marjatta Varanka, Managing Director of VATES Foundation said:
– ISS Finland has developed working conditions and hired people with a disability or a long-term disease. ISS is also a prime example of a company where as many as 70% of employees have returned from rehabilitation allowance back to work, and the average retirement age has been increased from 60 to 62.6 in a couple of years.
The goal of ISS is to the increase retirement age to 63 by the end of this year.
A well-functioning programme for well-being at work anticipates risks and makes for longer careers
The objective of ISS' programme for well-being at work is to anticipate industrial health and safety risks, increase the well-being of the staff and extend careers. ISS has an approach of early support in place, where support from the supervisor is pivotal in the early identification and addressing of problems concerning the capacity to work. ISS' anticipatory measures taken to promote well-being at work include induction to correct working methods, active cooperation with the occupational healthcare provider, health examinations, projects concerning the musculoskeletal system, and different kinds of rehabilitation models.
Sirpa Huuskonen commented:
– Work try-outs are one of the most frequently used methods of ISS Finland for employment pension rehabilitation. It can facilitate returning to work from an extensive period of sick leave and help assess whether the person will manage their tasks regardless of the disease. Work-try outs can also be used for modifying the work tasks to better suit the person's physical condition, and to assess a possible new occupation. Relocation or re-training of the person can also prevent or postpone their retirement due to incapacity to work, or due to an accident.
The photo shows the HR-team with one of the employees that was supported when returning back to work. From left: HR manager Reetta Hämäläinen, HR assistant Timo Nissinen, HR director Sirpa Huuskonen and HR specialist Pinja Tulonen. (Timo Nissinen is the person who was supported).