Occupational health

Promotion of occupational health as a success factor for companies

An employee's performance in the workplace depends substantially on his health, his motivation and his wellbeing. In light of this, the figures from a Forsa study published in 2011 commissioned by the Fürstenberg Institute* show a alarming picture: Four out of five employees in Germany (79%) feel limited in terms of their performance in the workplace. Psychological and physical complaints are mentioned as the most frequent causes of this. Both sides – employer and employee – are equally affected by this situation.

In order to strengthen the mental resources of employees, the following aims are defined within the framework of a holistic promotion of occupational health:

  • Improvement of the leadership culture
  • Better reconcilability of private life and job
  • Dealing with operational changes and burdens in a transparent manner
  • Age-appropriate work
  • Strengthening the physical and mental well-being of employees and managers

There are numerous reasons why employers should take responsibility for the health of their employees. The fiercer global competition, fundamental changes in work organisation and increasing social demands are just some examples. Therefore, companies that wish to be competitive in the future should already invest in the health and capability of their employees today. Indeed, the success of a company ultimately depends on the employees – who else?

Psychological burdens

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Mental resources

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Fürstenberg Institut (2011). Fürstenberg Performance Index 2011: Gesundheitsprobleme in Deutschland und ihr Einfluss auf die Leistung der Arbeitnehmer.
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Lohmann-Haislah, A. (2012). Stressreport Deutschland 2012. Psychische Anforderungen, Ressourcen und Befinden.1. Auflage. Dortmund: Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin

Sockoll, I., Kramer, I., Bödeker, W. (2008). Wirksamkeit und Nutzen betrieblicher Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention – Zusammenstellung der wissenschaftlichen Evidenz 2000 bis 2006. Hrsg. vom BKK Bundesverband, BGAG Institut Arbeit und Gesundheit der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung DGUV, AOK-Bundesverband, Verband der Ersatzkassen e. V. Initiative Gesundheit und Arbeit IGA-Report Nr. 13, 2008.