Working smoothly with your Danish colleagues
Working with Danes has so many advantages, but it can also be tricky for internationals. Danish bosses provide less guidance - and less supervision! - than bosses in many other working cultures. You're often expected to take the initiative and innovate on your own, but also openly admit to mistakes when you've made them. And in Denmark, it's acceptable to politely disagree with your boss.
Get smarter about the fintech area
New solutions in sustainable finance, insurance, e-money, wealth management and servicing of small and medium-sized businesses are on the agenda for Copenhagen Fintech Week from 13-15 September, which is being held online. Members of Finansforbundet have access to free tickets.
Forget prejudices about age
Our retirement age is rising because we are living longer and longer. At the same time, an increasing number of people over 60 are impacted by unemployment and have difficulty getting a foothold in the labour market again. ‘We need to dispel myths and recognise experienced employees’, says Vice-President of Finansforbundet, Steen Lund Olsen.
It’s about the right to be yourself
Finansforbundet is Community Supporter at Copenhagen 2021 and will be participating in WorldPride Walk on Saturday 21 August in Copenhagen. ‘Diversity and inclusion are part of our political programme. Therefore, it is natural for us to support WorldPride,’ says Steen Lund Olsen, Vice-President of Finansforbundet.
A collective agreement in the fintech area is an important step towards the future
It took vision, investment and long strategic manoeuvring to finalise the collective agreement that the union entered into with Arbejdsgiverforeningen for fintech. According to president Kent Petersen, the agreement is one of Finansforbundet’s (Financial Services Union Denmark) most important achievements for many years.
Nordea experiments with 'Colleague to go'
Anders Boll and Jane Pedersen from Pension & Savings in Nordea have embarked on one of the walks that employees in the team have to take together with a randomly selected colleague for half an hour a week to create cohesion. The project is part of Future Work Lab, which is exploring new avenues for mental health.
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Danske Bank employees ready for more flexible work
More than 17,000 employees at the group level have applied for the subsidy for arranging a home workplace offered by Danske Bank. Finansforbundet in Danske Bank is positive about the initiative, as long as it is voluntary for the individual to choose to work from home.
The world’s largest tech giant is at risk of being split up
The world’s largest fintech giant, the Chinese company Ant Group, is at risk of being split up following proposals for new monopoly rules from the country’s central bank, which in particular will limit the tech giant’s use of data from payment services to establish booming loan businesses.
New training in sustainable finance is due diligence
‘We firmly believe that competencies within sustainable finance and consulting will be in high demand in the future’, says Chair of Finansforbundet Kent Petersen regarding the pilot project the association has taken the initiative for, where 25 business consultants are ready to advise companies on sustainable initiatives.
Returning to the office can be intense
‘Going back to the workplace surrounded by colleagues and noise can be a radical change But use the experiences from working at home, because it is a unique opportunity to create a better and more flexible working life together’, says working life researcher Malene Friis Andersen.
Bigtech moves into the financial world
Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon are in the process of expanding their range of financial services for their billions of users. According to Finance Denmark’s CEO, Ulrik Nødgaard, the nightmare scenario for financial institutions is to lose contact with the customers and become a sub-supplier for the platforms of the tech giants
Much more than “a good girl”
In the spring, 40-year-old Nicole van der Doe was hired to boost diversity and thus also gender equality in Danske Bank. Things are not as they should be, at the bank, in the sector or in society – so even though she calls it the best job in Denmark, it is maybe also the hardest job in Denmark
Together for gender equality
In Finansforbundet we want to actively work for a better balance between the genders and increase diversity at all levels in Danish companies. Because increased diversity and inclusive working communities are some of the things we need for us to create a satisfactory working life, thriving companies and a fairer society.
Plan breaks when you work from home
Efficiency is sky-high when financial employees work from home and are not exposed to normal disturbances from colleagues, like at the office. However, a lack of breaks and too little movement during the working day can affect your health, according to senior consultant Jasper Lorentzen from Finansforbundet (Financial Services Union Denmark).
Good financial statements are wrapped in notices of redundancy
‘It is demotivating, to say the least, when top executives in major banks – regardless of profits - go out and talk about cost reductions being a way of life in the sector and that streamlining generally leads to fewer employees – as if it were a natural law’, says Chair of Finansforbundet Kent Petersen.