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11/09/2017

Promoting competence, health and good working conditions in Germany

The German Focal Point Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA) has published a memorandum on meeting the demographic and structural challenges facing the country’s workforce. 

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The memorandum - ‘Competence, health and good working conditions - How we can promote the ability to work, competitiveness and capacity for change’ - gives a detailed account of the current situation, along with insights into the key requirements for a healthy and successful working life.

Well-trained and well-educated employees are being sought in many places across Germany. However, the average age of the workforce is rising due to a shortage of qualified young professionals.

The new global working world, in particular the networked economy, demands new communication and social skills not just formal qualifications. A balance also needs to be found between work and other key elements such as how to cope with day-to-day stress, how to find the right way to relax and, more generally, how to look after your health.

The memorandum offers a wealth of facts, suggestions and points for discussion. It looks firstly at growing international competition, rationalisation and demographic change. It then discusses the education system and the learning in the workplace and the importance of developing competence and health for better productivity.

The memorandum can be downloaded here.