Working environment

Working environment is a broad term and means all your surroundings when working. Your physical working environment is, for example, your work tools as well as air, noise and light. But your working environment also includes the psychological aspects of how your work is organised and your wellbeing at work.


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A good working environment is one of the most important elements in making you feel good and for our activities to function and develop. The management, staff and students at Umeå University therefore all have a responsibility to participate in our efforts to develop and continuously improve our working environment.

Who is responsible for the working environment?

The Vice-Chancellor is ultimately responsible for the university working environment. The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for planning, managing and monitoring the university's working environment at overall level.

The Dean and the University Director have a similar responsibility with regard to the working environment at the faculties and in the administration.

Your manager is responsible for your working environment and therefore for providing an active working environment at your department or unit.

The work environment representative has the task, among other things, of representing you on working environment-related issues and is appointed by the unions.

As an employee you have a responsibility to highlight various problems in the working environment. You are the one who knows the most about your everyday work and how your working environment affects you and your work. You therefore have much to contribute to improving the working environment at Umeå University. What do you think needs to be improved and developed? What is it important for us to work to maintain?

If you have any suggestions for improvements or would like to discuss problem areas, you can always contact your line manager, who is responsible for the working environment in your workplace, or the work environment representative. Check here to find out who is the work environment representative at your department or unit.

You can also contact either of the University's two working environment coordinators.

Contact information

Working environment coordinators
Psychological work environment:
Jeanette Lövqvist
Lars Mähler
Anna Mothander

Physical work environment:
Mikael Waldenborg (from december 13)

Security coordinator:
Lisa Redin

Elizabet Westerlund