SLATE Wins Award for Best Work Environment!

December 19, 2022

SLATE Director, Professor Barbara Wasson, accepting the award "Arbeidsmiljøprisen" on behalf of the SLATE leadership.

The leadership at SLATE has just won the annual award for creating the best work environment at the University of Bergen.

Since 2020, “Arbeidsmiljøprisen” (the “Work Environment Prize”) has been the annual award that celebrates the best work environments at the University of Bergen. The award is designed to bring attention to and encourage all the efforts being made to create good work environments at the university. This year, the award has been given to the leadership at SLATE!

The Director of SLATE, Professor Barbara Wasson, our Head of Administration, Jorunn Viken, and our Theme Leader and Senior Researcher, Ingunn Johanne Ness, have all been working hard to create a good work environment at SLATE. We are so happy that their efforts have been recognized and honored with this award!

"Arbeidsmiljøprisen" (the "Work Environment Prize"), awarded to SLATE for 2022.

On Friday December 16th, Barbara Wasson accepted the award on behalf of the SLATE leadership. “Arbeidsmiljøprisen” can be awarded to individuals, faculties, departments, sections, groups and the like, and includes a diploma and prize money worth 75 000 kroner.

The news has also been covered in Norwegian by the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen.

An Inclusive Work Environment

The jury had several strong reasons for choosing the SLATE leadership for the award. These reasons included the leadership’s passion for creating a good work environment, their work for promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment, their eye for detail and their ability to arrange social events both during and outside of work situations.

Last, but not least, is the leadership’s ability to give credit for and attention to both big and small achievements, so that all SLATE employees on all levels can feel valued, seen and appreciated.  

«This was a wonderful message to receive from the HR Department at UiB!” says SLATE Director, Barbara Wasson. “At SLATE, we do research on interdisciplinarity, and we understand the major importance of interdisciplinary relations. We focus on noticing and including everybody at SLATE, which particularly inspires the next generation of researchers. This award lets us know that we have succeeded in our efforts.”

"My research," says Senior Researcher Ingunn Johanne Ness, "shows that relational aspects like openness, curiosity and respect, together with trust and psychological safety, are very important in order to succeed with interdisciplinary team work."

SLATE would like to thank the university and the jury for the award, as well as the anonymous people who nominated our leadership.

Thank you for this honor! It is the best Christmas gift SLATE could ask for!

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