DEKRA supports occupational health management Motivated, healthy and productive employees are the basic capital for companies.

Company health promotion measures help to safeguard this asset. This applies all the more if these preventive measures are implemented permanently and systematically, recommend the occupational health and safety experts at DEKRA. However, a DEKRA survey conducted by forsa shows that on average only every third employee in Germany benefits from such offers. The assessment of mental stress is also not carried out to the extent that would be desirable and is prescribed.

Healthy employees are more productive

Back and relaxation courses? Stress management? Walking? Companies today can promote the health and well-being of their employees and proactively encourage them to adopt healthy behaviors. This investment pays off quickly. Because healthy employees drop out less often, are more productive and increase competitiveness, DEKRA experts know. In addition, employers increase their attractiveness through appropriate offers.

Great potential for well-being

In addition to the legally required areas of occupational medicine, occupational safety and occupational integration management (BEM), occupational health promotion (BGF) measures have great potential for promoting the well-being of employees - and thus for the performance of the entire company. Numerous companies have already recognized the valuable contribution that workplace health promotion makes to sustainable corporate success. But the respective measures could be pursued more intensively - this is underlined by a survey conducted by forsa for the DEKRA Occupational Health and Safety Report 2021.

Focus on preventive care

For example, 31 percent of employees in the DEKRA survey state that their employer offers preventive examinations, for example for VDU work. For 28 percent of employees in each case, there is a health-promoting workplace design or cooperation with sports or fitness studios. For 22 percent each, the employer offers employees healthy canteen food or relaxation courses, stress management or massages. 18 percent can take advantage of back courses or walking programs, around 14 percent can take advantage of other sports programs, nutrition courses or dietary counseling, and 10 percent can take advantage of tobacco cessation courses and other assistance and counseling programs.

Focus on psychological hazards

There is also a need to catch up with regard to the legally required assessment of psychological hazards in the workplace. According to the DEKRA Occupational Safety Report, only 26 percent of those surveyed said that a mental risk assessment had been carried out in the company. This is not the case for a majority of 59 percent.