Raising the status of work environment activities. That is what Anette Wugk, deputy personnel manager at TT-Line, sees as one of her most important duties.
– We must get personnel to understand how much they have to gain by getting involved in their work environment.
Background: Personnel administration programme at Lund University
Present job: Deputy personnel manager at TT-Line, Trelleborg
Work environment is important for: being a competitive employer with the objective of creating and maintaining a safe place of work, physically as well as psychosocially.
”It varies.” That is how Anette Wugk describes the general interest in work environment activities onboard the company’s three Swedish-flagged ships. The work environment is something people work with because they must, not because they want to. But the lack of involvement is not so much due to a lack of interest as a shortage of time, she says.
– The crewmembers have so many rules, regulations and demands from the authorities that they do not have time to do work environment activities properly. What we can do on land to make things easier is to develop procedures and compile documentation. When new demands arise, as they do the whole time, we find out as much as possible before we inform the personnel on ships.
18 years with TT-Line
Anette Wugk started with TT-Line in 1990 and right from the start she was working with personnel and work environment issues, the latter taking more and more of her time – particularly since 2003 when the Work Environment Act was first applied at sea.
– The work environment has become better and we often hear from colleagues in the business that we have made good progress in this area. But there are certainly many aspects that we can improve on. For example, we need to spend more time on psychosocial questions, she says.
– I want to raise the status of work environment activities and make personnel understand what they have to gain. But that is a long-term goal which will probably take time to achieve. Better atmosphere and solidarity, improved health and fewer accidents are examples of results that can be gained from work environment activities.
Just now we are trying our best to find methods for changing attitudes and approaches to work environment activities.
– One way could be meetings with the crewmembers when they say how they think we should do things. Workshops and courses are among other suggestions. I would also like to have a network between shipping companies in which we can exchange experience with each other.
Diet and work satisfaction
Diet onboard will be reviewed after suggestions from the crew. Project groups with representatives from the crew as well as officers and the restaurant department have been started to come up with proposals for how to make the food healthier.
Other areas that Annette Wugk would like to give more time are job satisfaction, motivation and leadership.
– It is not always easy to take up ”soft” issues, and many people think that they are too sensitive or personal. The officers and we in the land-based organisation have a large task ahead of us to get it included on the agenda.