News01 2018 Finland

The Family-Friendly Workplace Program ‒ now ready for Employers, by Väestöliitto, Finland

The Family-Friendly Workplace Program has been developed in Finland during the past two years. The first certifications of the Family-Friendly Workplace have now been admitted by Väestöliitto, the Family Federation of Finland.

The Program helps to promote good practices and family-friendly attitudes at workplaces. The Program benefits parents, children and other family members. It helps to promote equal, flexible and diverse working community. The employees at a family-friendly workplace sense well-being in their everyday life and they work efficiently and productively. The employers get competitive advantage in recruiting the best working force. Family-friendly working culture promotes good working spirit and better employer image and reduces sick leaves etc.

The main actor in the Family-Friendly Workplace Program is the employer. Experts in Väestöliitto support the employers in the different phases of the Program by commenting the documents during the process and arranging follow-up meetings.

The development process and piloting of the Family-Friendly Workplace Program has benefitted from the co-operation with employers from many different branches. Sixteen companies and organizations have already joined the Program.

We aim for a more family-friendly working life by changing the workplaces one by one. As we advocate the EU directives (Social Pillar) and national laws (family leaves), we see the change in the work and family life equally important. Some employers that already are carrying out the Program are Skanska (one of the world’s leading construction and project development companies, focused on selected home markets in the Nordics, other European countries and North America), Kela (an independent social security institution) and DNA (one of the leading Finnish telecommunications groups).

Väestöliitto, the Family Federation of Finland, is a family welfare organization working in the social and health sector. Our mission is to work for the well-being of families, youth and population, as well as for a healthy, safe, happy and balanced life. We strive for a more friendly society for families and children. Väestöliitto was founded in 1941. Its members represent non-governmental non-profit organizations in the fields of family, health, children, women and youth.

© Picture from Hämeenlinna, Finland, 20.11.2017: The first certifications of the Family-Friendly Workplace Program are admitted.