First results of this project

PI “European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute” which successfully participates in a project “PREVENTION LAB 2.0: eContent Lab for Psychosocial risks at work prevention. VISIONARY project transference” and is happy with the first work results – analysis of information sources about psychosocial prevention of risk in Lithuania.LOGO_prevention_lab

Violence in work places is not a new and unknown phenomenon in Lithuania. Physical strength used against the employer is noticeable very fast therefore physical violence can be easily assigned to a violent incident and documented as a fact that have happened.

In Lithuania the exploration of work violence, which is a factor of work environment risk and which is a problem of safety and health, was started not long ago – 2005. In those years in Lithuania “Methodological instructions’ research of psychosocial risk factors” entered into force. These factors engage Lithuanian employees to identify, explore, fix, and undertake required means to remove and decrease these risks. The first scientific article about psychological violence and it’s consequences to health was published in 2005. The fourth research of European work conditions was made in 27 countries of EU, including Lithuania, which enabled to see an index of work violence in European context.

Even 10 percent of Lithuania’s employees (data of 2008) experience danger of psychosocial risk in their workplace and they interact with factors that affect mental senses. About 8,8 percent of people interviewed during the research experienced harassment and intimidation. Many employees, especially women, have suffered all kinds of menaces and insults or other forms of psychological aggression. Harassment, jeers, bullying – very often today are used to throw out the employee from his workplace. In scientists’ dictionaries even a new word mobbing appeared, which describes this phenomenon, and which means “attack of herd”.

Data of 2009, when 1379 working respondents from all kinds of sectors were questioned, shows that teachers, employees from health care, social and publishing spheres are people who suffer violence more often than people from other spheres. We should pay the attention to the part that just relationship between employees was highlighted, but nothing mentioned about the relationship with clients. On the other hand psychological violence is often experienced communicating with other people, most often with clients. B. Pajarskienė believes that: “In the aspect of psychological violence, professions that are open from communicational viewpoint are mostly dangerous”.

There can be all kinds of solutions to these problems. According to J. Vveinhardt, Germany’s practice is praiseworthy when solving this kind of problems. She says that:

“Even before 10 years Germans had consultants of mobbing in many companies, who helped victims of mobbing to solve their problems. It is hard to tell if this kind of practise can be found in Lithuania because it often happens that a leader is also interested in oppression of a person and wants to send him away from his workplace. In this case, consultants of mobbing would not play his role.”

There could be a special training for personnel in organizations or in companies, how to help a victim in a particular situation. Even though the biggest part of employees do not contribute directly to insults and bullying of a victim, they observe the situation and do nothing to stop it and they become a passive participants. Even though “Lithuanian” mechanism of problems’ solution is already created – the assessment of occupational risk – it still does not work today. As B. Pajarskienė says:

“Employees still do not understand today that the serious assessment of psychosocial workplace would be very useful not just for employees, but also for the company itself in economical sense: people would become more motivated to work better and a bigger economical effect would appear.”Prevention_lab_2_project

The main Lithuania’s standard acts of law, which are related with the violence and harassment in the workplace, are:

Labour code of the Republic of Lithuania

Law of the Republic of Lithuania on safety and health of employees

Law of the Republic of Lithuania on equal opportunities

Law of the Republic of Lithuania on equal opportunities to women and men

Law of the Republic of Lithuania on occupational health care

Programme of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania for 2004-2008

Criminal code of the Republic of Lithuania

Occupational regulations of risk assessment

For the list of occupational diseases and state register of occupational diseases of the Republic of Lithuania and it’s regulations

Research and record’s regulations of occupational diseases

Regulation of research reasons of professional diseases

Methodical instructions of psychosocial research of risk factors

Psychosocial factors of risk – mobbing – exists. It can be attested by research and by personal experience. However this problem is still being concealed and hidden, believing childish that if you close your eyes – it will disappear. Organizations do not let investigators to get in, they are afraid that received results could destroy their reputation and the colourful image made by publicity could be painted in grey.

Mobbing causes negative consequences not just for person’s mental and physical health, but also for organization: absenteeism of employees, their variation, decline of productivity and work efficiency, appearance of financial expenses, formation of negative reputation (image). Western countries are counting ten millions of euros of losses from economy, health, and social security system’s, which is made due to the mobbing. While just in one of our Social security and ministry of labour documents was found only one hint of mobbing, which was used as a synonym for intimidation. Companies, public organizations most often understand mobbing as it is a competition or “natural selection”.

Psychosocial risk in a workplace violates person’s rights and dignity, causes stress, and damages health. Such behaviour is not useless because it’s negative behaviour is experienced by employees, employers, and organizations. It can be said, that in this moment Lithuania is at the agreement stage of psychological violence in a workplace. There is a common agreement that violence in a workplace exists and it can be realized as a problem or it can just be ignored.

There is no integral juridical act, which would directly protect people who have experienced mobbing. But of course there exist separate articles, which regulate safety of employees and protect them from inhumanity, cruel and harming dignity behaviour.

So far we can be happy because juridical acts are being created in our country, which regulate attacks of psychological violence. The communiqué of European Commission against harassment and violence in a workplace was signed on 26 April of 2007. The first step was made, now we just have to believe that soon an appropriate attention will be drawn to a mobbing phenomenon in organizations and active actions will be taken, which can help victims of emotional terrorists.

This article is based on doc.dr. Jolita Vveinhardt and dr. Birutė Pajrskienė speeches found on the internet and laws that are connected with psychosocial risk and statistics

The first partner‘s meeting of the project “PreventionLab 2.0”

The first Leonardo da Vinci movement of innovation project “PreventionLab 2.0 eContent Lab for psychosocial risks at work prevention. VISIONARY project transference“ (2011-1-ES1-LEO05-35900) partners’ meeting was held in Bilbao, the city of Spain, on 14–15 February. This meeting was organised by the coordinator of the project – organisation ASIMAG (Spain).

In this meeting participated representatives of all project partners: Emília Moreira (ASIMAG), Leire Monterrubio (ASIMAG), Borislav Stoyanov (INFOART), Brigit Cosemans (PREVENT), Lieven Eecklaert (PREVENT), Thomas Jäger (ZEPF), Christian Marquardt (ZEPF), Simona Savickienė (PI “European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute”).

The first day of the project partners’ meeting started with the greeting of representatives and the information about the project. Later there were discussed about aims, tasks, terms, work plans, and responsibilities of WP1, WP2, WP3, and WP8.

On the second day of the partner‘s meeting there were discussed about financial questions of WP1 and aims, tasks, and activities of WP7.  At the end of this meeting there were discussed about works of both days, the general understanding of the project, there were an agreement of the terms for the fulfilment of the tasks, and dates for conferences of skype for the next meeting. The next meeting will be held on 4-5 September in Landau, the city of Germany, as were agreed by all partners.

The second meeting of partnersmeeting_2

The fourth Leonardo da Vinci movement of innovation project “PreventionLab 2.0 eContent Lab for psychosocial risks at work prevention. VISIONARY project transference“ (2011-1-ES1-LEO05-35900) partners’ meeting was held in Landau, the city of Germany, on 4–5 September. This meeting was organised by a partner of the project – organisation ZEPF (Germany).

Representatives of all project partners participated in this meeting: Emília Moreira (ASIMAG), Borislav Stoyanov (INFOART), Brigit Cosemans and Lieven Eecklaert (PREVENT), Thomas Jäger (ZEPF), Christian Marquardt (ZEPF), Simona Savickienė ir Edita Andriuškevičiūtė (PI “European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute”).

2_meetingThe first day of the project partners’ meeting started with the greeting of representatives and the information about the project’s coordination and administration. Later there were discussed the results of WP2  –  the main analysis aspects of partner’s countries psychosocial risks in a work place were presented; WP7 – the work of project’s publicity, social networks, and means of press; WP8 – methodologies of assessment were discussed and presented, questions of the schedule were attentively analysed. The biggest part of the first day meeting was appointed to financial aspects and questions that were connected with the first year activities and the submission of the final report.

On the second day of the project partners’ meeting was a discussion of WP4 – PreventionLab 2.0 platform’s development, design, and content: advises, offers, and discussions; WP3 – transference of the aspects. At the end of this meeting there was a discussion about works of the day, decisions, and partners arranged terms of tasks fulfilment, settled dates of Skype conferences until the next meeting. With the mutual partner’s decision next meeting should be taken place in the middle of May in Bulgaria

The third partner‘s meeting

The second Leonardo da Vinci movement of innovation project “PreventionLab 2.0 eContent Lab for psychosocial risks at work prevention. VISIONARY project transference“ (2011-1-ES1-LEO05-35900) partners’ meeting was held in Sofia, the city of Bulgaria, on 27–28 May. This meeting was organised by a partner of the project – the organization Infoart (Bulgaria).

Representatives of all project partners participated in this meeting: Emília Moreira (ASIMAG), Borislav Stoyanov and Tinko Stoyanov(INFOART), Brigit Cosemans and Lieven Eecklaert (PREVENT), Thomas Jäger and Christian Marquardt (ZEPF), Simona Savickienė ir Edita Andriuškevičiūtė (PI “European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute”).

meeting_3The first day of the project partners’ meeting started with the greeting of representatives and the information about the project’s coordination and administration. Later there were discussed about WP4 – PreventionLab 2.0 development of platform – there were discussed about design, visualisation, content, technical problems, prospective translations of platform’s content into languages of partner’s countries; WP5 – there were represented vision of the handbook, prospective structure and material that are intended to be set, and translation terms of the handbook; WP6 – presentation of validation strategies and methodologies;

The second day of partner‘s meeting started with the discussion about financial aspects and emerging questions, which are connected with already submitted reports and final report submission. There were discussed about the assessment of audit and all deficiencies and corrections were shown, which have to be corrected before submitting the final report. Later WP8 results of intermediate assessment were presented, work that is related with the assessment was discussed, terms were determined, and the internal schedule of assessment was presented. On the end of  the second day there were discussed about the valorisation – the usage of project’s results and it’s publicity.

The final partner’s meeting

The fourth Leonardo da Vinci movement of innovation project “PreventionLab 2.0 eContent Lab for psychosocial risks at work prevention. VISIONARY project transference“ (2011-1-ES1-LEO05-35900) partners’ meeting was held in Vilnius and Kaunas, cities of Lithuania, on 11–12 September. This meeting was organised by a partner of the project – organisation PI “European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute” (Lithuania).

In this meeting participated representatives of all partners of the project: Emília Moreira (ASIMAG), Tinko Stoyanov (INFOART), Brigit Cosemans and Lieven Eecklaert (PREVENT), Christian Marquardt (ZEPF), Edita Andriuškevičiūtė (PI “European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute”).

The first day of the project partners’ meeting started with the greeting of representatives and the information about the process of the project and questions, problems, which will have to be discussed during the meeting. Later there were discussed about WP4 – PreventionLab 2.0 development of platform – there were again discussed about the design, visualisation, content, technical problems, usage peculiarity of platform, specific groups, problems and mistakes that were discussed and written; WP5 – a handbook was represented, it‘s structure and material; WP6 – presentation of validation strategies and methodologies; WP8 – indicated dates to fill in the questionnaires for the project‘s evaluation.

The final terms of translations and reports were discussed generally.

The second day of partners’ meeting – the final conference took place in Kaunas. During this conference partners from Lithuania, Spain, Germany, Belgium, and Bulgaria presented the results of this project. Representatives from all kinds of Lithuanian institutions (VDI, ESFA, VDU, KTU, LPSDA) read the reports of psychosocial risks in work, preventions and research, and innovations and distance learning themes. The organizer of this conference – PI “European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute” – is thanking to participants of this conference and is sharing with moments of the event!

PreventionLab 2.0 Final Meeting Conference 2013 PART1

PreventionLab 2.0 Final Meeting Conference 2013 PART2

The project PreventionLab 2.0 was started to be accomplished

PI “European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute” is one of the partners that are starting to implement the project “PreventionLab 2.0 eContent Lab for psychosocial risks at work prevention. VISIONARY project transference”.

The coordinator of this project

ASIMAG Servicos Empresariales, S.L. (Spain)

Partners

Zentrum für Empirische Pädagogische Forschung (zepf) (Germany)

Prevent vzw (Belgium)

Infoart (Bulgaria)

PI “European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute” (Lithuania)

The duration of this project

October 2011 – October 2013

The aim of this project

To prevent psychosocial risk in a work, when decreasing it‘s effect on employees

A short description of this project

There are many important changes, which affect safety and protection of employees, in a workplace of these days. These changes are the reason why new psychosocial risk factors appear. With the planning of work, organizing and management, also with economical and social work conditions, risk factors that are connected with relationships between employees of the company or relationships between employee and employer increases the pressure and also it can seriously affect mental and physical health. Therefore, the project “PreventionLab2.0eContent Lab” for psychosocial risks at work prevention is a very meaningful project and it is not just to improve all mentioned spheres but also to offer some sources, which would support preventive activities of purposive groups. Such groups as: an electronic book about the psychosocial prevention of risk in countries that are participating in this project; the access to online courses; publications; the material of learning; forums; blogs, which are concentrated on themes about psychosocial prevention of risk in a workplace, where learners can share with their knowledge and experience; seminars, online conferences, etc. At the same time partners will improve the textbook, which is useful for future students/users, because it will be able to find all instructions and recommendations in this textbook, how to behave with practical program.

Purposive groups of this project, which will be able to improve their skills or to adapt new methodology sources using most important final results of the project – instructors of psychosocial risks in work; representatives of the prevention; employees/servants which are responsible for activities in companies; also psychologists; organizations that works in sectors of health and safety.

PreventionLab2.0 eContent Lab for psychosocial risks at work prevention – the continuation of the project VISIONARY. VISIONARY was a project which was stimulated by ZEPF in 2000-2003 and seeking to create international and specific country’s internet portals about the violence prevention in schools. The main result of this project is VISIONARY practical program which allows teachers, parents, students, and specialists from different countries to share with different experience that is related with violence and aggression in schools. The project PreventionLab2.0 eContent Lab for psychosocial risks at work prevention will give methodical attitude of practical program – will develop mutual and learning place of participation, which will have different resources for the psychosocial risk prevention in the work.

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