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22 May 2018

Germany: company works councils focus increasingly on employee psychological welfare

Psychological risks and work-related health and safety are more and more often tackled by German companies via negotiated company agreements, according to a survey carried out by the Hans-Böckler Foundation.

Researchers have found that psychological risks are currently the primary focus for works councils in Germany. Although only 30% of companies have signed a relevant company agreement with their works councils to this effect, 60% of those actually in effect were signed between 2015 and 2017 (+19% as compared with 2015). A second major and related topic is the promotion of work related health and safety. In 2017, 55% of companies held a health and safety agreement, up 13% on 2015. These agreements contain a series of measures ranging from ‘behavioral and structural prevention’ to the analysis of professional risks. The researchers believe that there is a link between increasing workloads and the rising number of health-related company agreements.

According to the Hans-Böckler Foundation, organizing working time is the third major subject currently on the works councils’ radars. In 2017, 71% of companies with a works council held a time savings account company agreement (Arbeitzeitkonten) as compared with 63% in 2015.

Source: Planet Labor

The survey (in German)

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