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Model city of diversity

The City of Helsinki strives to become a model city of diversity. This means that people of different ages, in different life situations and of different origins are seen as a resource, and their versatile know-how and skills should be used in City operations to benefit all. The goal is to produce increasingly diverse workplaces.   

The City strives to consider diversity in all recruiting, training, management, personnel development and rewarding.

The City seeks to increase the number of employees of immigrant background to correspond to the share of people of immigrant background in the city population. The City also seeks to improve the career development opportunities of employees who speak some other language than Finnish or Swedish as their first language.

Flexibility and support for people of different ages and in different life situations
The City develops its management and leadership culture to be increasingly age-conscious by paying attention to the needs, goals and strengths of employees of different ages.

The City facilitates the harmonizing of work and other life with various arrangements that promote flexibility. These arrangements benefit those in the beginning of their careers, those in the most hectic periods of their lives and those approaching retirement. The flexibility helps young people to maintain their working strength and senior workers to extend their careers. Employees can also work remotely in applicable duties.

Employees’ ability to work is supported with fitness training, employee physical activities and occupational health care throughout their careers.

The City was internationally recognized in 2012 for its age-conscious management with first prize in a contest for occupational wellbeing in all ages. The contest was part of a European Commission theme year on active aging and solidarity between generations.

The City applies flexible work arrangements:

  • annual and other leaves
  • maternity, paternity and parent leaves
  • temporary leave to care for an ill child
  • child-care leave
  • part-time child care leave
  • part-time bonus system
  • study leave
  • remote work
  • flexible working hours
  • leave against accrued over-time
  • part-time work
  • partial retirement
  • partial disability pension

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