Systematic Work Environment (SWE/SAM)

Working environment is everything that influences human beings at work – the surroundings where we are and the conditions for our work.

The purpose of a work environment survey is to get an overview of how the work group perceives their work environment. The work environment includes physical, psychological and social working conditions.

With the work environment survey, you get a good overall picture over your short- and long-term needs.

Overview of needs

The work environment survey can be conducted for the whole the organization or parts of it. Zondera compiles the results in a results report that shows the distribution of answers to each question for the whole organization and can also be displayed down to group level. The survey results are, of course, confidential.

With the work environment survey, you get a good overall picture over your needs in the short and long term. With the substrate as support, you can prioritize what efforts are needed implemented to get a better working environment. With the help of the results, you can develop your work environment and create a common foundation on which to stand. The outcome can also be used as discussion material in the working group.

Arbetsmiljöverket’s regulation

Arbetsmiljöverket’s regulation AFS 2015:4 of organizational and social working environment raises the demands on employers to provide and continuously follow up a good working environment.

The regulation focuses on organizational working environment (demands on the employees and what resources and rights there are for the work to be done) and social working environment (how we are influenced by the persons around us, social interaction, collaboration and support from managers and colleagues).

Balanced workload

The regulation implies a higher focus on balanced workload and on having known routines for managing offensive discrimination.

Every employer shall also set goals for the working environment work, and the employees shall be involved in that work.

The new discrimination law from January 2017 implies higher demands on the employer; the employer has to survey, follow up and take active measures based on all of the seven discrimination grounds.

The new discrimination grounds are; age, impairment, sexual orientation and gender identity/gender expression.

Working environment questionnaire

A higher focus is needed on continuous surveys as well as follow-ups and preventive measures.

To get an initial picture of how the working group regards its working environment, a working environment questionnaire can be carried out.

The questionnaire should be based on Arbetsmiljöverket’s regulation AFS 2001:1, Systematic Working Environment Work (SWE) and at the same time mirror the regulations and laws.

Who is responsible?

Everyone who works at a workplace needs to pay attention to the work environment, but the employer has the main responsibility.

Distribution of responsibilities:

  • Employer: Has the main responsibility for SAM and must know which laws and regulations apply.
  • Employees: Participates by reporting illnesses, accidents, risks and incidents. Can suggest actions and provide feedback on the actions taken.
  • Managers: Represents the employer.
  • Safety representative: Represents employees. Participates when work environment measures are planned and remedied.
  • Human Resources HR can play an important role in supporting the systematic work, for example, with an annual follow-up.
  • Occupational health care: An expert resource that can be used for surveys, risk assessments, follow-up and training.

Consultant support

Zondera’s experienced consultants help you create a set of questions that suit your need of continuous follow-up. The result gives a good general picture of your needs both in the short term and in the long term.

You also get recommendations regarding what efforts you need to prioritize to create a better working environment.

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