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Work-related protective laws & occupational health management

KRAM understands work law, occupational health management, humane leadership culture and structurally embedded conflict management offers as intertwined subject matters. We work with officials of the university for professionalizing these areas from a humanistic viewpoint.

Many employees are happy to work scientifically but forget to nurture own wellbeing and health. The European Union Charta of Human Rights promotes the right of a healthy, secure and ethically sound work situation. German work law stresses that work should be done without getting harmed and in support of personality development. Structures of a university can and must support this goals (environment), but also you yourself must live it (behaviour).

Do you know that...

  • employers are bond to initiate measures of occupational health and safty for their employees (§ 3 work protection act)?
  • based on the law and on occipational-medical knowledge, a break of at least 11 hours between two work assignments is mandatory?
  • an employer must do a risk assessment for each work place ... and is then obliged to minimise risks recognised in the process?
  • since 2013, part of the work place related risk assessment is an evaluation of psychological strains. Please note: it differs individually when stress turns into strain and becomes a risk in need of regulation.
  • work related factors of strain can be: pace of work, pressure by superiors, time pressure, unclear tasks or responsibilities, anxiety of mistakes, pressure of responsibility, ongoing concentration, limited room for manoeuvre, diverting goals of tasks, high emotional involvement, lack of social support, short-notice availability, lack of qualification and experience, availability outside of office hours, long work hours, conflicts, dealing with difficult cooperation partners, noise, bad light, lifting and carrying, one-sided physical work and forced posture (computer), non-ergonomic work equipment, drafts, heat, and cold?
  • ...if you fall ill (more than 3 days) you need to sent a medical doctor's "yellow form" through your departments administration office to the personnel department, and also send the second paper of the yellow form (= grey copy) to your health insurance company.
  • the European Union recently demands the documenting of work hours, and probably the university must come up in the future with a way to doing it.

Preventive health management should be as specific to a certain group as possible. Mentally as well as time-wise, room-wise, and language-wise measures and offers need to be fitting for the work- and life situation of a target group. Therefore, KRAM members discuss with university officials whenever the heterogeneous body of academic employees is concerned. Additionally, questions of diversity (employees with a background of migration, differences of gender and age, etc.) are observed where necessary (read more: in Badura et al. 2015: Sandrock & Breutmann; Dragano & Wahl; Klärs).

Literature tip (in German): Badura, B. et al. (Hg.)(2016). Fehlzeiten-Report 2015. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

Study with all employees of the university in Febr & first results reported in June 2018

By means of an online-questionnaire, the university management took on their responsibility of evaluating physiological and psychological resources and burdens with respect to the employee's work situation. The study is supported by the Institute of the renown health researcher Badura (University of Bielefeld) and shaped for work at universities specifically. KRAM summond on academic employees to take part in this evaluation – making sure that their perspectives are well included!  Results should be a foundation for concepts and measures in support of an even more sustainable work situation in our future. First results were presented in June 2018. A brochure with main results and department-related discussions with respect to specifics were promissed. Also, university management must work on transparency and more tangible acknowledgement. KRAM looks forward to more concret measures and inquires on the progress.