Art gives energy to work life
Art requires hard work, and artists are troubled by physical and psychological problems just like other workers. The latest issue of Telma tells how art nevertheless offers splendid tools for development activities and for improving well-being at work.
The most common disorders of musicians are related to the wear and tear of the musculoskeletal organs which are under a lot of stress. Musicians are also troubled by mental problems and hearing disturbances.
– Alcohol is no longer as big a problem as it was in past years. The increased competition in the field has taken care of that, says doctor Miikka Peltonen, who has worked for a long time with musicians.
Musicians, just like other artists – sculptors, dancers, painters or actors – very seldom ask for a sick leave. They hang in, because they accept that pain is an inherent part of their profession. Not complaining about their health problems is also due to their high work morale.
For instance, for an actor, staying at home means difficulties because performances have to be cancelled. The competitive spirit of entrepreneurship creates even more pressure for a place in the limelight.
– Luckily the attitudes are changing. For example, pain should always be seen as a warning sign which must be taken seriously before the situation worsens, Peltomaa points out.
Artists are also envied for their high degree of freedom. At its best, the work is finding new ideas, offering strong emotional experiences, as well as confronting a live audience.
Art in its many forms offers tools also for the development of work communities and for improving well-being at work. Art plays a big role in coping at work, and gives new fresh ideas and viewpoints to everyday work life and how to lead people. Art does not have to be just cultural events that are separated from everyday life. Different art forms can be used to create entirely new ways of working.
The content of Telma 4/2011 offers an exceptional and extensive look at art. Telma deals with the risks in the work of artists, but also with the joy and satisfaction that artists get from their work. In his interview, musician Olli Lindholm tells about his fine 30-year career and his band called ‘Yö’ (night). Telma also gets to look at the versatile work of a piano tuner, and at the functions of the copyright organization, Teosto. Two columnists representing two generations, namely, archiatre Risto Pelkonen, and author of children’s books, Mila Teräs, tell about their own views on art.
For more information contact:
The Finnish Work Environment Fund: communication manager Marja-Leena Jylhä, 040 548 8852
The Centre for Occupational Safety: communication specialist Eija Åback, 040 537 1822