Measures and Recommendations for Healthy Work Practices of Tomorrow (abbreviated MEgA)

1. Content and Approach

With the emergence of new technologies – Industry 4.0 as a keyword – the demands on both employees and executives are changing. Tasks are becoming more complex, cognitive demands are increasing and requirements for communication skills are growing. Particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are confronted with the challenge of keeping their employees continuously healthy in the context of Industry 4.0 and demographic change. The aim of the project “Measures and Recommendations for Healthy Work Practices of Tomorrow” (“Maßnahmen und Empfehlungen für die gesunde Arbeit von morgen” in German, abbreviated MEgA) is to develop a comprehensive concept for promoting health-related measures in an increasingly digitalised workplace.

MEgA is the accompanying project of the BMBF’s funding priority “Preventive measures for safe and healthy work practices of tomorrow” and is responsible for coordinating 30 joint projects funded nationwide. In the context of those projects, scientific institutions and business partners investigate topics that are of increasing importance in a dynamic and digitalised workplace. This includes issues of how psychological strain affects employees, how assistance systems can be used, or how work, family, and leisure can be reconciled.

The knowledge gained from both the joint projects and own research, which comprises qualitative and quantitative approaches, will give the project the means to develop HR management recommendations that are sensitive to demographic change. This includes the development of easy-to-use tools featuring checklists, guidelines for SME and a training program relating to work-life balance. In addition, the procedure “Risk Assessment of Psychological Stress” (“Gefährdungsbeurteilung Psychische Belastung” in German, abbreviated GPB) that has been used successfully in large-scale enterprises is to be adapted for SME. Furthermore, fast exchange of information between representatives of research, politics, economy, and social partners is ensured by networks and communication platforms.

2. Project Management

Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Sonntag
Dr. Christine Sattler

3. Project Development

Dr. rer. pol. Philipp Lechleiter, Dr. Elisa Feldmann, Marie Louise Posdzich M.A., Alexander Purbs M.Sc., Dipl.-Psych. Nadine Seiferling, Dipl.-Psych. Simone Brandstädter

4. Funding

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (German abbreviation: BMBF)

5. Duration

01/11/2015 until 30/04/2019

Further information concerning the objectives and activities of MEgA can be found under, in the short profile, project flyer and the press release (in German).

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