Insights | August 26, 2021

Focus on well-being and remote work

During the pandemic, remote work has become the new normal. This has led to new challenges for employers, since they remain responsible for the work environment, regardless of whether the employee works remotely or at the office. Lately, the experts in our employment law practice have worked with several aspects of employee well-being.

The initial focus has shifted from employees’ physical work environment to the psycho-social work environment, which is now high on the agenda for many companies. Also, ahead of companies seeking to re-open their offices for on-site work, many are also exploring how to retain hybrid or remote solutions while learning how to navigate a new work environment.

Our Employment law practice has, among other things, been focusing on mental well-being among employees. In June, Partner Jenny Welander Wadström was a guest speaker at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s international People and Reward team conference, and held a presentation about the importance of a broad approach to employee well-being, in order to give employees a good foundation from which to thrive.

In addition, Jenny and Associate Elin Osbeck Rehbinder, who co-host Roschier’s podcast Hire & Fire, invited corporate employment lawyer Sam Seddigh from Spotify to talk about well-being policies. Spotify, along with other companies in the tech industry, is in the forefront of working with these issues. In this podcast episode, they take a look back on the past year of remote work from a well-being perspective, and discuss the positive changes that may come as a result of the challenges that the year has brought about.

You can find the episode below and in your favorite podcast listening app. Please note that the podcast is in Swedish.