FSD2946 Finnish Working Life Barometer 2013
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autonomy at work, discrimination, employees, employment contracts, job characteristics, job security, leadership, management, occupational training, personnel management, personnel policy, telework, wages, working conditions, working time, workloads, workplace bullying
The annual survey studied employee opinion on the quality of working life in Finland. Main themes were changes at work, psychosocial working environment, job characteristics, pay systems, satisfaction with the job, workload and work pace, employment security, training and development, capacity to work, and bullying and discrimination at work. The year 2013 survey contained some new questions, some previously asked questions were rephrased, and the total number of questions was reduced to shorten the interviews.
First, the respondents were asked how many years they had worked for the employer they were working for at the time, whether they were in a management position, and how many persons worked at the workplace. Changes in the number of staff and in the distribution of work and tasks over the past 12 months were charted. Psychosocial working environment was charted with questions about openness, encouragement and equality in the workplace, job stability, and relations between managers and workers. Further questions covered measures taken to improve health of employees, safety of work environment, and skills of employees. Discrimination at work based on ethnic group, age, gender and type of contract was explored. Incidents of bullying, harassment and violence were surveyed.
Next set of questions investigated the respondents' membership in a trade union or professional association, flexible working time arrangements at the workplace, pay and bonus systems, and satisfaction with pay level. The respondents' participation in job-related training and development was investigated.
Autonomy at work was charted by asking about influence over own work tasks and working pace, over the distribution of work in the workplace, and about working to a tight schedule. The respondents were asked about working outside the main workplace (at home, client's office, in the field) in the past 12 months, and work-related calls, emails and messages they had had to attend to outside their official working hours.
One set of questions investigated the employees' perceived workload, capacity to work, estimate of own mental and physical capacity to work, sickness absences, long-term illnesses and disabilities, and hindrance caused by illness/disability at work. Support and feedback received from the supervisor/manager at work was charted as well as opinion on whether the supervisor/manager treated employees in a fair and equal manner. The respondents were asked how likely they thought it was that they would be dismissed or laid off, or that their tasks or working hours would be changed over the next year. Views were probed on the likelihood of getting an equal job if they became unemployed, on the general employment situation in Finland, possible changes in working life in general, and the employer's financial situation. Finally, the respondent's emotional state was investigated with a few questions.
Background variables from the Labour Force Survey 2013 were utilised in the Finnish Working Life Barometer. Background variables included, among others, the respondent's year of birth, age, gender, region, type of municipality, education, economic activity, status in employment, industry of employment, occupational group, employer type, type of contract, weekly working hours, and additional jobs.
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