Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Worklife: Policies, Equalities and Intersectionalities in Finland (WEALL) (WeAll)


Main funder


Funds granted by main funder (€)

676 922,00


Funding program

Strategic research programmes, AoF (Academy of Finland)


Project timetable

Project start date: 01/10/2015

Project end date: 31/12/2017


Summary

The WeAll project’s objective is to offer scientific knowledge on how the changing work and non-work relationship affects expectations and creates new challenges to the renewal of basic services and benefit schemes as regards working life in urban and rural contexts of Finland. We aim to provide new knowledge and practical suggestions to the development of the basic services and benefit schemes specifically concerning care responsibilities, flexible arrangements in employment, employability of diverse people in different contexts, and effective policies to promote equality and inclusiveness of current and future worklife. Our objective is also to develop models how the stakeholders can be involved in the defining of the problems on (in)equality and finding of solutions. Our participatory approach and ongoing dialogue with the stakeholders will offer new kind of solutions on basic services and benefit schemes on worklife.

We focus on structural causes for inequalities in the blurring work/non-work relationship and aim to:
• Study organizations and corporate life to add social and economic sustainability, inclusiveness and wellbeing in working life in urban and rural settings;
• address Finnish society, organizations and leadership through intersectional analysis on age/generations, ethnicity, regionality and other differences to explore silences on underlying power relations;
• study boundaries between work, non-work, and organising of care to analyze inequalities, marginalizations and privileges to lengthen careers and working life stay;
• offer solutions to improve opportunities of diverse groups of people to participate in labour market, develop in their careers and improve their quality of life;
• contribute to development of policies and practices on working life in order to increase Finland’s competitiveness and decrease sustainability gaps in public finance;
• produce knowledge for political decision-making on issues of the renewal of basic services and benefit schemes on lengthening of the working life stay, balancing on the work-family and (e.g. precarean) career building, (better) inclusion of ethnic and other minorities to worklife, increasing gender equality in worklife and sustainable leadership in organisations that supports work wellbeing and stay in working life.

Hypothesis:
• Social and economic sustainability of future Finland and its compatibility builds on equality, inclusiveness, and wellbeing and quality of life in the intersection of work and other life spheres of different groups of people. Stable societies will be interesting in future for investments globally.
• Future demographic changes enforce the society and organizations to re-thinking working life and its practices, such as recruitment and career paths, towards inclusiveness of diversified groups of people.
• Care needs to be re-thought in working life: there is a need for flexibility (as regards locality/regionality and commuting for work) but also stability in order to have the commitment to do the best in any work, and still at the personal level, to take care of the significant people;
• There is a need to reorganise working life and attitudes in organisations to abolish (involuntary) precarian work-careers to include the best capabilities and knowledge to working life (e.g. women).


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weallfinland.fi


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