Espoo employees are happy with their work and supervisors

23.2.2023 7.48
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City of Espoo employees consider their work meaningful and put a lot of effort into it. They are also pleased with their supervisors. These are some of the results of the recent Kunta10 (“Municipality10”) survey conducted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. The survey examines the work of municipal employees and the changes therein, and the effects of work on employees’ health and wellbeing. Among the employees who responded to the survey, 73.5% would recommend Espoo as an employer to their friends.

“Employees feel that their supervisor supports them in their work and treats the staff equally and fairly. We are happy to see that the quality of management has improved in Espoo for quite some time. For several years now, Espoo has invested in the development of management. Each new supervisor working for the City of Espoo participates in management training. Last year, we introduced the Suuntaamo site – a performance management service for Espoo supervisors. The site contains a comprehensive set of instructions from target-setting and development discussions to management of competence and work ability,” says Jutta Takala, Director of Human Resources.

According to the results of the Kunta10 survey, the work atmosphere in the city’s units is improving steadily. The results also show an increased sense of mutual trust, respect and cooperation among employees.

“On the other hand, the results also suggest that experiences of work-related pressure and stress have become slightly more common, and respondents find it harder to recover after work compared to the previous survey,” Takala continues.

The results contribute to development in the workplace

In Espoo, the results of the Kunta10 survey are part of the city’s strategic management. The city’s sectors and units go through the results among themselves.

“The survey and its results help supervisors and the entire work community to develop their operations, management and wellbeing at work. The survey results draw attention to things that already work well in our teams but also encourage us to address matters that need improvement,” Takala says.

“Espoo wants to be a good employer. We want our employees to thrive and enjoy working for the city. Our goal is also to have competent and happy personnel. Good performance management plays a key role in the success of an organisation. When the staff is doing well, there are fewer sickness absences, and employees enjoy their work, perform well, and willingly recommend their employer. This is why it is very important that each supervisor goes through the results with their work community and reflects on what can be learned from the results,” Takala says.

In Espoo, 62% of the staff responded to the Kunta10 survey. This was the 11th time Espoo participated in the Kunta10 study conducted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. A total of 11 municipalities participate in the study: Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo, Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Raisio, Nokia, Valkeakoski, Naantali and Virrat.


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