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Factsheet for measure SE-2020-36/1359 – measures in Sweden
, applies locally
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 September 2020|
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)|
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.
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 .
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:
Together these five schools employ 5,000 staff.
Employees in standard employment
Companies providing essential services
||Applies to all citizens|
Company / Companies
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
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.
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.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|P - Education||P85 Education|
This case is not occupation-specific.
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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