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Factsheet for measure SE-2020-36/1359 – measures in Sweden

KTH:s remote working rules and return to work

KTH:s inför två dagars närvaro i veckan på arbetsplatsen

Country Sweden , applies locally

    • – SE1 ÖSTRA SVERIGE
      – SE11 Stockholm
      – SE110 Stockholms län
Time period Open ended, started on 01 September 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
Author Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Measure added 29 October 2020 (updated 13 May 2021)

Background information

The Royal Technical University Kungliga tekniska högskolan, KTH in Stockholm has began to bring employees back two days a week, in order to make a slow adaption back to normality. Prior to the measure, almost all the staff was working remotely.

This is also to counteract work environment problems that may arise during long-term remote working. Two days a week at the workplace is an appropriate basic principle and can be implemented without risking being many people at work or in public transport. Planning of this is done by the manager in consultation with the employee based on the needs and conditions of the business in question.

In addition their safety representatives Skyddsombud will continue to report large crowding at the workplace.

Content of measure

As the Royal Technical University, KTH has now opened for teaching of students on campus, there has been an immediate need for more employees to be on site. While the university continues to emphasis the importance of staff to continue to work remotely.

With regard to remote work, there is a psycho social work environment problem and potential health risks with employees working remotely for a longer period of time. In order to increase the well-being of the staff, they have thus been encouraged to get back to the work place twice a week. This is a way of adapting back to normality .

Use of measure

KTH:s activities are separated into different Schools. Each of these is heading a number of Departments, Centres of excellence and undergraduate study programmes.

The schools are:

  • School of Architecture and the Built Environment
  • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • School of Engineering Sciences
  • School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health
  • School of Industrial Engineering and Management

Together these five schools employ 5,000 staff.

Contents

  • Health and safety
  • Telework

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Companies providing essential services
Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Company level

Involvement

There is currently no information on social partners' involvement in the designing and implementation of the measure. However, there is a large likelihood that they have been consulted by the employer when deciding regarding the measure.

Views and reactions

There is no information regarding their views on the measure. However, there are reasons to believe that the suggestion may have come from the local representatives at the work place, and the safety representatives.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      P - Education P85 Education

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 29 October 2020: Information for employees due to the coronavirus (Information till anställda pga Corona) (intra.kth.se)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), KTH:s remote working rules and return to work , measure SE-2020-36/1359 (measures in Sweden), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SE-2020-36_1359.html

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