Wellness allowance

Last changed: 17 May 2022
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As an SLU employee, you can receive a wellness allowance of up to SEK 2,000 per year for any activity that complies with the Swedish Tax Agency's guidelines for tax-exempt wellness activities.

Approved wellness activities are gymnastics, strength training, spinning, bowling, racket sports, team sports and dance workouts. The wellness allowance can not be used to buy equipment or pay personal membership fees in associations or other associations.

See which activities and fitness benefits that can be reimbursed at Epassi's website.

The wellness allowance for the whole year is SEK 2,000, but the amount depends on the period of employment and the type of employment. The grant is available to:

  • staff who are permanently employed, have a fixed-term employment contract covering at least 6 months and work at least 20%;
  • doctoral students employed at 20% or more;
  • staff on leave with salary deduction and who receive sickness or parental benefit.

The allowance does not apply if you are on full-time leave for more than 6 months, if you are a scholarship holder, if you are an hourly employee or if you receive a pension. It is always the year of purchase that entitles to compensation, unless the maximum amount of SEK 2,000 has already been received. The grant needs to be used during ongoing employment.

NB. As of 2022, no retroactive wellness allowance will be paid.

Use your wellness allowance with Epassi

More information on using Epassi

Pausit – for your wellbeing!

All employees have access to the break program Pausit. The program is a modern and user-friendly tool for preventing problems that can arise with the body during too much sedentary/monotonous work. Pausit is easy to use, easy to understand and the little effort needed by you has a great long-term positive effect on your health.

All employees can install Pausit from the SLU software centre.

Activities organised by SLU

Staff can attend activities such as wellness lectures or lunch yoga during working hours, work permitting and provided they have agreed this in advance with their line manager.

As an SLU employee, you can participate in activities at and also get a discount at some training facilities, see below.

Alnarp

Activities

Digital activities

  •  See the expandable menu "All of Sweden". 

Discounts

To get the discounts, you have to bring your salary specification as verification of employment. This only applies at the time of purchase.

Actic

20% on a full-year membership at all Actic facilities in Lund and Malmö, see pdf.

Fitness24Seven

One year of training for SEK 2495, see pdf.

Umeå

Activities

Digital activities

  •  See the expandable menu "All of Sweden". 

Campus gym

  • The gym has recently been renovated and is located at level 1 (Skogishuset). The gym is free for all staff and students in Umeå. To access the gym, please use your keycard.

Discounts

To get the discounts, you have to bring your salary specification as verification of employment. This only applies at the time of purchase.

Fitness24Seven

One year of training for SEK 2495, see pdf.

Uppsala

Activities

Hittaut, 2022 (Uppsala)

SLU is running a fitness challenge in which all departments and units are invited to participate as teams. With the help of a map or GPS, participants look for checkpoints that are located in beautiful and interesting places around Uppsala. See pdf.

David Lingfors from Hittaut gives us an introduction to what Hittaut is, and how you participate. The session ends with instructions for new team leaders. The introduction is given in English if we have non-Swedish speaking participants.

Ultunapersonalens Idrottsförening, UPIF

In Syltahallen, a number of scheduled activities are conducted, see schedule. If you want to take part in an activity, contact the person whose name and telephone number/email address is in the activity.

It is also possible for SLU staff to book times for individual games or other sports, this is done via TimeEdit. There are, among other things, tennis nets, floorball goals, volleyball nets, basketball hoops, badminton nets and two table tennis tables.

Access to the hall is given after a fee of SEK 100/year has been resolved at ULS IF. You do this during semester time at 12.15-13.00 on site in the IF room at Ultuna Student Union's house Duhrevägen 6. Read more about Ultunapersonalens Idrottsförening, UPIH

Digital activities

  •  See the expandable menu "All of Sweden". 

Discounts

To get the discounts below, you have to bring your salary specification as verification of employment. This only applies at the time of purchase.

Actic

20% on the full year membership at all Actic facilities in Uppsala, see pdf.

Fitness24Seven

One year of training for SEK 2495, see pdf.

Friskis och svettis

Student price for a one-year membership.

All of Sweden

Activities

Mindfulness

Learn and practice mindfulness by participating in recorded digital meditation. Meditation increases mindfulness and improves several aspects of our wellbeing. The meditations are led by Linda-Maria Mårtensson in her role as instructor in MBSR (mindfulness-based stressreduction) in her avocation YOUR ASANA www.yourasana.nu.

Take part in mindfulness whenever you want:

Contact: Linda-Maria Mårtensson at Your Asana info@yourasana.nu

Discounts

To get the discounts, you have to bring your salary specification as verification of employment. This only applies at the time of purchase.

Fitness24Seven

One year of training for SEK 2495, see pdf.

Facts:

Wellness policy

One of the cornerstones of our staff policy is the sustainable use of competence, which includes a work-life balance that enables employees to enjoy a full working life. Wellness activities aim to prevent ill health, promote health and wellbeing and help staff find this balance.

In the SLU work environment policy, we set out the ambition to create a work environment that is safe and stimulating for all staff and students. This is done in different ways, including by promoting health and wellbeing. Wellness activities are one way of achieving this.

This concept covers more than exercise, diet, drinking habits, smoking etc. A good work environment with stimulating tasks, good colleagues and management are of significant importance to health, as are different kinds of cultural experiences. We are all responsible for our own health, for exercising, eating well, avoiding excessive drinking and smoking etc., but the employer is responsible for the work environment in general. Encouraging staff to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle is an expression of interest and concern. Experience also shows that wellness measures improve health and reduce the need for sick leave and rehabilitation.

SLU wants all employees, through various measures, to have the chance to look after their health and wellbeing.