Tue 9.7. at 14.00
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Jyväskylän yliopiston päärakennuksen juhlasali, Jyväskylä

Empathy as a work-life superpower

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Empathy creates the basis for humanity, cooperation, good leadership and interaction at work. These contribute to the wellbeing of employees and thus lead to better work outcomes.This programme seeks solutions to humanising working life through empathy and to unlocking the benefits of community. There will be lively panel discussions, short interviews to broaden perspectives and videos. The public will also have an opportunity to participate!

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and JYU.Well have a team of researchers – Janne Kaltiainen and Vilja Levonius from The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Jenni Spännäri from the University of Helsinki and Virpi-Liisa Kykyri from the University of Jyväskylä. The programme will be chaired by Professor of Work Life Salla Toppinen-Tanner and hosted by Juha Hietanen.

  • Juha Hietanen

    The programme will be hosted by Juha Hietanen from The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health’s Media Communications department. Hietanen is an experienced discussion moderator, who learned to trust open questions as a TV current affairs journalist. He also uses them to approach empathy and panelists.

    Photo by Teemu Oksanen

  • Jenni Spännäri

    Jenni Spännäri is a postdoc at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Helsinki, and a research director and trainer at CoHumans. Jenni’s specialties in research and organisational development include wisdom, compassion and psychological safety.

    Photo by Heidi Strengell

  • Virpi-Liisa Kykyri

    Virpi-Liisa Kykyri is an Assistant Professor at the University of Jyväskylä. She believes that investing in interaction skills is one of the core tasks of a civilised state and calls for a strong sense of responsibility on the part of researchers, leaders, homes and teachers.

    “Empathy is a skill that also requires will and a sense of situation. Looking in the mirror, it is worth asking whether I know how to be empathetic at the right time and in the right place.”

    Photo by Petteri Kivimäki

  • Janne Kaltiainen

    Janne Kaltiainen is a Special Researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. He has had a first-hand view of Finnish working life through “Miten Suomi voi?” follow-up survey.

    “If you’re not sure, start with the good.”

    Photo by Annukka Pakarinen

  • Vilja Levonius

    Vilja Levonius is a researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health on empathic interaction in elderly services. She is familiar with the management of ethical burden in the health and social care sector and the shaping of responsible work. Vilja will lead a panel on Empathy of care on Monday.

    Photo by Juha Tuomi

  • Salla Toppinen-Tanner

    Salla Toppinen-Tanner, the programme’s chairperson, is a Professor of Practice on work ability promotion at the University of Jyväskylä.

    Photo by Riitta Supperi