Wellbeing Desk for Aalto personnel
Wellbeing Desk brings together support services provided by Aalto's various wellbeing actors and partners. The service point serves without an appointment on a "first come, first served" basis. At the Desk, you can always reach a representative of Aalto's services that support work wellbeing and work ability when it is open, and you can also get guidance on your situation when needed.
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Services that support wellbeing
Wellbeing Desk chat is an online service of the Wellbeing Desk, which is open on Mondays from 2-3 pm, Wednesdays from 1-2 pm and Fridays from 9-10 am. In the chat, you can get advice, ask questions and discuss matters related to wellbeing at work anonymously and confidentially with an Aalto expert. The chat can be found at the bottom right of this page. You must be logged in at aalto.fi.
If the chat window does not appear at the bottom right corner of the page, click the Cookie Settings link at the bottom of the page. Press the Customize button, allow at least functional cookies and press the Allow selection button. After that, refresh the page.
Solution-focused coaching is short-term and practical work to bring about positive change with the support of a trained internal coach. In addition, solution-focused coaching strengthens the coachees' belief in their success and their own problem-solving skills. Solution-focus refers to progress-focus and future-orientation.
As an employee, you can take advantage of Aalto University's solution-focused coaching for different needs and situations where you experience challenges or if you want to achieve some goals, for example. in the following matters:
- Work motivation, career reflection
- Wellbeing at work, coping, recovery, stress management
- In matters related to self-management, such as time management, change management, resilience
Note! Solution-focused coaching is not therapy and hence it is not suitable for mental health challenges. Neither is coaching suitable for matters which are on employer's or supervisor's responsibility e.g. work arrangements.
Have you experienced harassment or inappropriate behaviour? Either yourself or your colleagues? Or are you unsure whether it is harassment or inappropriate behaviour or how the matter should be handled or taken forward?
The harassment contact persons for Aalto personnel are Mikko Raskinen ([email protected]) and Anne Petroff ([email protected]) (or [email protected]). You can talk to harassment contact persons completely confidentially, and your matter will not be taken forward without your consent. Harassment contact persons support the person who has experienced or witnessed harassment or inappropriate treatment and will help if the person who contacted them so wishes.
Do you have questions or development ideas related to the working environment or occupational safety? Occupational safety representatives represent employees in occupational safety and health matters. If you notice a deficiency in the safety, healthiness and tools of the working environment or need help in risk assessment, contact the occupational safety representative in your area. You can contact the occupational safety representative either through the Desk or by contacting the representative of your work area directly.
Contact information can be found here: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/occupational-safety-committee-activities-and-members
The shop stewards act as personnel representatives in Aalto's co-operation and provide support and advice e.g. in the field of Aalto cooperation. in matters related to the employment relationship or the interpretation of a collective agreement. You can contact shop stewards either through Desk or by contacting the person directly.
Contact information can be found here: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/shop-stewards-at-aalto-university-2022-2023
Do you want to know what competence development opportunities we offer Aalto staff and how you can access them? You will learn more about training, services and tools to support your development.
Academic guidance support is for you if you want to discuss different situations related to teaching or guidance and ways to support an individual student or student groups. Together, we can think about your role and how you can develop your own or the community's teaching and guidance skills in ways that support your own wellbeing.
Contact: Tuuli Asunmaa, [email protected]
Come discuss with community psychologist – available for Aalto personnel!
Would you like to have someone to discuss the development of your work community and the matters that affect your wellbeing at work? Come meet community psychologist Merita Petäjä at Wellbeing Desk! Merita has worked for a long time as a study psychologist at Aalto so it is also possible to come discuss matters regarding questions related to students. You don't need to have a specific problem to come to the Wellbeing Desk, Merita can also provide you with a "bouncing ball wall" to structurize your thinking.
Merita Petäjä is available on Wellbeing Desk chat on Wednesdays at 13-14. In the chat, you can also agree on possible further discussions.
The work of Aalto community pedagogue focuses on the development of the academic community and groups. Community pedagogue develops and supports the pedagogical wellbeing of communities and individuals and understands the conditions of Aalto's work environment. You can come to them to discuss situations related to teaching, guidance and studying that concern you or to think about how you could develop the teaching, course or degree programme towards an environment that better supports everyone's wellbeing.
Tiina Pylkkönen is a teacher and guidance counsellor by education and has worked for a long time in teaching and teaching development tasks at university.
Community pedagogue's chat on Fridays at 9-10.
Aalto chaplains offer conversational help to everyone, regardless of their beliefs or background. The work is defined by presence, listening and absolute confidentiality. We want to support the overall wellbeing of Aalto's personnel. More information about the activities of Aalto chaplains: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/aalto-chaplains-provide-services-for-everyone-at-aalto
In case of difficulties in making ends meet and finances, you can ask for advice from the deacons of the Tapiola parish via the emergency telephone Mon-Thu 9–15, tel. 09 8050 4400. You do not have to be a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church.
Carefree Shoulders is a refreshing 15-minute guided workout that unlocks stuck muscles with a special focus on the back and shoulder area. The workout is suitable for everyone and you don't need exercise equipment either. It is not necessary to reserve a place in advance.
- On campus
Carefree shoulders break exercise session in the foyer on the 2nd floor of the Learning Centre (Otaniementie 9) at 14.00–14.15
Carefree Shoulders break exercise session on Mondays at 12.15–12.30 and on Thursdays at 11.30–11.45.
The sessions are streamed through the Mywellness platform and participation is completely free of charge. However, participation requires logging in to the platform. Instructions for logging in and participating in the Mywellness platform can be found on Unisport's website: https://www.unisport.fi/en/sports/body-control-and-mobility/carefree-shoulders
The wellbeing route on campus invites you to relax for a moment and reflect on what walking and the themes that arise along the way – observing emotions, nurturing a relationship with nature, embodiment, calming down and thinking about moderation – bring up.
The five locations of the wellbeing route are located in different parts of the outdoor areas of the campus. The route is open to everyone. You walk the route listening to yourself, at your own pace. The wellbeing route takes about 15-20 minutes, as the route is not intended to be walked in a hurry.
You can download a map of the route as a pdf version.
With mindfulness and other mind- and brain-calming exercises, we can return to the present moment, stop at our own thoughts and body, but also connect with the environment. It doesn't have to be difficult. Find our mindfulness material here.
Aalto University and UniSport offer the Break Pro break exercise programme for all members of the Aalto community. Break Pro offers short and refreshing break exercise videos for pausing work, which you can schedule according to your own schedule. More information and download instructions can be found here: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/break-pro-break-exercise-program
Compassion mentoring is peer group activity where compassion is explored and compassion and self-compassion skills are strengthened together. The groups are led by a pair of doctoral students, compassion mentors, who are trained for the role. The activities in the groups include shared discussions and exercises on various compassion-related topics. The link to the enrollment for the groups will be published on aalto.fi and in the next doctoral studies newsletter in September.
The compassion mentoring model was originally developed in Nyyti ry's Compassion in Higher Education project. At Aalto, the pilot is organized by the Oasis of Radical Wellbeing project as part of the services of the Wellbeing Desk.
For more information, please contact: Laura Miettinen, [email protected]
Directory of wellbeing at work
Support services for mental wellbeing
Oasis of Radical Wellbeing project
Mieli ry's crisis helpline
Finnish Red Cross
Mental first aid: https://www.redcross.fi/get-help-and-support/psychological-first-aid/?_gl=1*wp95fh*_ga*MTg0ODEyMjMwOC4xNjkzODQ1NDUy*_ga_FMVLRNR4HM*MTY5Mzg0NTQ1MS4xLjAuMTY5Mzg0NTQ1Ni4wLjAuMA..
Ukraine crisis: https://www.redcross.fi/get-help-and-support/psychological-first-aid/ukraine-crisis-may-feel-disturbing/?_gl=1*313115*_ga*MTg0ODEyMjMwOC4xNjkzODQ1NDUy*_ga_FMVLRNR4HM*MTY5Mzg0NTQ1MS4xLjEuMTY5Mzg0NTUwOS4wLjAuMA..
HelsinkiMissio: Crisis helpline for young people
The mental health toolkit (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)