In good health

Health first is a saying in Norway. Prioritize your health and live a long and happy life. We have one of the best welfare systems globally, and we also have one of the highest numbers of people with health issues in the world.

I have experience instant pain in my muscles that were so severe that I had to go to the emergency hospital. It happens in my line of work as a crane operator. We are all different individuals. Some manage to work hard for a long time, and some need more space in between. It’s an ongoing struggle to find the right balance.

That is why I want to vent out some of my thoughts on this subject. The whole system is based on trust. Trust that the patient/client is telling the truth about their health condition. Sometimes I suspect that people can take advantage of the collective welfare system. And the ones taking the blow are the people that stay healthy and are doing the work.

At my work site, we have different kinds health issues. What I have experienced is that the healthy ones are the ones that have to do the work the ones with reduced health cant do. It puts extra pressure on the ones that still have their health. It can lead to more health issues in the long run if it isn’t properly managed. In the end, you will create a hazardous work environment that is challenging to turn back.

I feel like this is a problem for many worksites. The strange part is that the salary is usually equal. Even if you do more work and carry more load, you get equal pay.

My opinion on this is that it should be extra customized for the ones able to do every task. Find smart solutions and give relief to the ones doing all the tasks.

Below is some articles about this subject:

https://www.utdanningsforbundet.no/nyheter/2016/-gode-ledere-ser-hvem-som-trenger-tilrettelegging/

https://www.ssb.no/arbeid-og-lonn/artikler-og-publikasjoner/norges-sykefravaer-passerte-sveriges-og-nederlands-etter-lovendringer

https://forskning.no/velferdsstat-sykdommer/har-norge-verdens-hoyeste-sykefravaer/276849

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