Summary : Stress at workplace
Stress at Workplace
It becomes clear that stress at work is a serious but often neglected problem requiring timely and consistent action to avoid unnecessary suffering for workers and unnecessary expense for businesses. That this can be achieved through appropriate measures has been proven by examples.
The long-term preservation of the workforce requires that those responsible face the problem of "stress" in the workplace. The new labor protection legislation provides an important basis for this. A realistic approach must not, of course, overlook the obstacles that stand in the way of this task. Widespread uncertainty about one's future career and the fear of losing one's job often induce employees to accept unhealthy workload or maladministration. In this respect, information and sensitization are required here.
With the acceleration of innovation processes, technical-organizational changes and the increasing spread of self-directed work processes and forms of work (eg development and project work, teleworking), which require increasingly high qualifications, new requirements for occupational health and safety and especially for health and safety Stress prevention connected.
This applies in particular to content and methods of knowledge transfer, advice and qualification for employees outside traditional company structures.
Work planners, occupational health professionals and occupational safety specialists must increasingly focus on the impact of mental health work (in terms of occupational performance and health status of workers).
In addition to the task of improving working conditions by applying and enforcing regulations, new challenges for occupational health and safety are emerging. Stress prevention, which addresses the causes, must initiate (learning) processes, integrating the change in technical and organizational working conditions, work organization and personal behavior. The key to success is to empower employees to improve their working conditions as "experts in their own right" and to involve them.