Through 7 years with Howdy, the Danish Nature Agency has learned that proactive wellbeing efforts works, that men needs an extra push in terms of being helped in time, and that you can easily be a present and good leader and at the same time need a helping hand to get the silent majority activated.
The employees of the Operations Center in the Danish Nature Agency manage approximately 200,000 hectares of state forests and natural areas from Skagen to Bornholm. The goal is to create the greatest possible value for society in the form of a good framework for outdoor life, protection of nature and efficient operation of the agency’s forests and other natural areas.
The work consists of many tasks, both in the office and in the forests, and the Danish Nature Agency has actively considered that the prerequisite for all these tasks to be solved satisfactorily, fundamentally depends on good wellbeing at the workplace and happy employees. The Danish Nature Agency is therefore in its 7th year with Howdy as a wellbeing tool, which has both helped the agency’s employees out of dissatisfaction and has given the management valuable knowledge about the overall wellbeing state of the organization.
Approx. half of the employees in the Danish Nature Agency Operations Center are green men – machine operators who take care of operations in the state forests. The other half consists of office workers. In the beginning, it was difficult to get the machine operators on board with Howdy. They were not so digital, while many in administrative positions quickly got use to the Howdy-solution.
In the male-dominated industry which parts of the Danish Nature Agency find themselves in, it is not surprising to him that an extra effort was needed to get especially the machine operators on board with the solution.
Both on an individual level and in relation to the Danish Nature Agency as an organization, Howdy has supported and helped the employees and management with valuable knowledge. Peter Chrois Møller states: