From 29-31 August, the first face-to-face meeting of the Nordplus research project took place in Tallinn, Estonia. “Dealing with anxiety during a pandemic to improve adult well-being” was the theme of the meeting.
he main aim of Nordplus is to contribute to diminishing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workplaces by the development and implementation of training for leaders and employees of organizations, including in the maritime sector.
During the partners meeting, detailed planning of project activities were carried out, project monitoring tools created, and a strategy developed for publicity of the project as well as dissemination of the results.
In addition, a survey was created for managers and other employees to determine the training needs of organizations, including maritime organizations.
Participants of the meeting were introduced to the results of the Erasmus+ project “From Emotional Management to Emotional Resilience” (EMER), aimed at strengthening emotional resilience.
The expected results of Nordplus include:
- To develop and pilot a unique, systematic, and well thought out training programme that is easily adaptable to support leaders in successfully reducing pandemic related anxiety and successively enhance the well-being of their employees through a positive psycho-emotional and psychosocial workplace environment;
- To promote the practical inclusion of the training programme in adult education agendas;
- To prepare trainers to implement the training programme, and 4) to provide practical training for managers of companies and institutions.
The specific role of the World Maritime University (WMU) involves contributing to the development of the training material and the adaptation of the material for maritime organizations and leaders.
Assistant Professor Inga Bartusevičienė, WMU principal investigator highlighted that “in addition to other measures to be put in place by organizations to lessen the impact of COVID-19 pandemic at the workplace, education and training of maritime and oceans leaders on mental health is fundamental to build a healthy workplace and move towards a culture of care in the maritime industry.”
Cultivating resilience at workplaces helps employees and managers to deal with stress and anxiety while making organizations more adaptable to changes and uncertainty
WMU Research Associate, Dr Maria Carrera Arce concluded.
During June, WMU launched a survey to find out seafarers’ views on hours of work/rest, workload, and ship manning in a new survey. The deadline for the survey is 31st December 2022.