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Beating Stress, the Swedish Way—Time for a ‘fika’.

Chapter in book
Authors Liisa Uusimäki
Published in Editors L. McCaine., G. Barton., Sappa, V., & S. Garvis Eds. In Arts-based research, resilience and wellbeing across the lifespan.
Publisher Springer International AG
Place of publication Australia
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Education and Special Education
Language en
Keywords Stress, burnout, resilience, well-being, Swedish academia, 'Fika',
Subject categories Work Sciences

Abstract

This chapter relate to my experiences as part of the Occupational, Health and Safety (OHS) team at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden 2014-2016. My work involved development and analysis of psychosocial environmental surveys, the implementation and follow-up of wellbeing programs and participating in safety inspections . The work also involved confidential meetings with academics experiencing stress. To support me in this role required participation in numerous interesting and mandatory workshops. I learnt about the role of Swedish Trade Unions, Swedish laws on health and safety and wellbeing, stress, alcohol and drug abuse, policies relating to gender equity, discrimination, bullying, violence and threat of violence in the workplace. I also participated in several leadership courses and a yearlong course on conflict resolution that was to prove especially effective when mediating in staff conflict. I am using a narrative inquiry approach (Connelly & Clandinin, 2006) reflecting on my experiences. Engaging in narrative inquiry “requires attentiveness to the stories of other professionals as well as to the larger social, institutional and professional narratives in which individuals are embedded” (Clandinin, Cave & Berendonk, 2017, p. 94).

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