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Helsinki Skills Bank brings work and employees together

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many of the city’s activities have been temporarily closed, while in other areas, the need for more workers has increased significantly. The Skills Bank enables the city to utilise the workers’ talents in other parts of the organization. An employee can be reassigned to other tasks on the basis of the employer’s right to direct for a maximum of eight weeks.

Taking action lead to new tasks

After her workload decreased, Marika Jämsä transferred from her usual position in early childhood education and care to Kontula home care unit, where she works with the elderly. Marika was already familiar with this type of work, and the transfer happened upon her own request.

”I registered in the Skills Bank, after which I agreed with my supervisor that I’d contact the Kontula home care unit personally. I specifically wanted this position, because I like working with the elderly, and the mobile work and flexible hours suit me. My transfer happened on my own initiative, which made me feel good and eager to work. I try to give this job my very best, and I take it as an experience that can teach me a lot,” Marika explains.

Tuija Juvonen, Marika’s supervisor in the Kontula home care unit, is very happy to receive more people in her staff.

”We already knew Marika, and it was a real pleasure to have a skilled, competent and enthusiastic worker in our team. We made sure to train Marika in the newest guidelines and practices, after which we could simply sent her to visit our clients. This has been a great way to get more personnel in a quickly changing situation, and I’d like to encourage others to add new workers to their teams,” Tuija says.

Combining work and employees continues

The Skills Bank opened in the beginning of April, and so far about 3,500 people have registered in it.
From this number, about 750 are people, whose original position has been terminated, making them immediately available for other tasks. About 2,700 people of all the registered have notified that they have a degree in Social Services and Healthcare, so that they could be later reassigned to work elsewhere, even though their current tasks continue as usual at this point.

So far, about 700 city employees have been transferred to both Helsinki Helpline and, through the Skills Bank, to other parts of the city organization. The Division of Education and the Division of Culture and Leisure have the largest number of employees whose original duties have come to a halt. Employees from early childhood education have been mainly transferred to work with the elderly and disabled, while those from the Culture and Leisure division have been reassigned to work in the Helsinki Helpline. Transfers have been made both within and across divisions and municipal enterprises.

People have been actively registering themselves in the Skills Bank, and the work continues to bring employees and work together. Supervisors can guide their employees to register in the Skills Bank, if their current tasks have come to a halt.

Photo: City of Helsinki