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Norwegian word of the day: Arbeidsmiljø

Frazer Norwell
Frazer Norwell - [email protected] • 8 Nov, 2022 Updated Tue 8 Nov 2022 14:13 CEST
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Norway is supposedly famous for today’s word, and there is a government agency dedicated to it.

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What is Arbeidsmiljø?

The word arbeidsmiljø (work environment) is as Norwegian as the work place practice of bringing a mattpakke in for lunch. It relates to both the physical and mental effects of a workplace on its staff.

Ensuring safe and healthy working environments is so important that Norway has a public agency dedicated to the matter. The Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority's (Arbeidstilsynets) main purpose to ensure that companies and employers follow government policy on work environment and work hours.

A safe arbeidsmiljø covers everything from ensuring employers have taken steps to reduce risk of accidents or death in the workplace, to making sure employees are offered desks, chairs and computer equipment to help them carry out their job in an ergonomically comfortable way without risk of injury.

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Why do I need to know Arbeidsmiljø?

Certain rights in Norway, such as all employees needing written contracts of employment and strict working hours are enshrined in law.

These rights, along with the collective bargaining agreement system ensuring fair wages, a healthy work life balance help make Norway an enticing place to work.

Examples:

Det er viktig med et godt arbeidsmiljø for å trives på jobb.

It’s important to have a good work environment in order to feel satisfied at work.

Denne dårlige stemningen bidrar ikke til et positivt arbeidsmiljø.

This bad atmosphere is not contributing to a positive work environment.

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