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IF – Energy for mobile work

If wanted to pay attention to the mobile work practices of supervisors and specialists. The If organisation values the fact that sharing proven experiences and procedures in addition to theoretical knowledge has been possible.

We were keen to pay attention to the stress factors of mobile work from the point of view of well-being at work. Of course, we are concerned about the resilience of our employees, but the main thing has been a proactive, well-being based approach, says Irma Saarinen, If P&C Insurance occupational safety manager.


According to Saarinen, a group of specialists and supervisors travelling in Finland and other Nordic countries noticed in the consultation process how small things can make people’s everyday lives easier. Everyone needs to find their own ways to make daily life easier.

FirstBeat measurement made many listeners stop in their tracks. Autumn, and the pressure and haste it involves, will be visible for weeks even after the workload has eased. Recovery needs to be addressed in the longer term. We also examined ways to improve the efficiency of remote meetings in order to reduce travel. Even virtual meetings can give people a boost in their days.

Product manager Timo Harju, who participated in the consultation process, stated that the three-day FirstBeat measurement and related reflection with colleagues led by a professional encouraged people to adopt two new concrete methods for each day.

The most important thing is to have even short breathers in the middle of the day. By doing this, I can control the stress levels of my hectic work days, which means that I am more productive, I can handle more, and I won’t be exhausted in the evenings when I am with my family. Another minor but very important factor in the long term is to try to follow the level of my resting heart rate during a longer period. This is because a long-term stress load is slowly reflected in increased resting heart rate.