DGB sanctions for too much stress

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Employers should protect their employees from stress

For years, stress at work has been under discussion as a trigger for the significant increase in mental complaints among employees in Germany. The German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) has therefore advocated greater protection for workers. In the opinion of DGB board member Annelie Buntenbach, there is also a need for sanctions against employers if they do not adequately protect their employees from occupational stress.

In an interview with the daily newspaper "Die Welt", Buntenbach explained that the work stress has taken on a worrying level and therefore "clear rules such as an anti-stress regulation, more participation for works councils and staff councils and employees and also more sanctions for employers, who do not abide by the law and the law ”. This statement is also supported by various studies by the health insurance companies, such as a recently published representative survey commissioned by the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), which came to the conclusion, among other things, that the greatest stress driver for people is their job. Two thirds of the working population had named their work as a decisive stress factor.

Employers 'associations against an anti-stress regulation The Federal Association of German Employers' Associations (BDA) also commented on the "world" and explained that it was wrong to "attribute mental illnesses primarily to work - the opposite is correct." usually a very positive effect on mental health, since it provides self-confirmation and recognition. For example, employees would suffer less from mental illnesses than unemployed or unemployed people. The proposal for an anti-stress regulation was therefore rejected by the BDA as "counterproductive, bureaucratic and unreliable", according to the "Welt".

However, the employers' organizations did not question in their reasoning why unemployed or unemployed people suffer from increased mental health problems. Here it can be assumed that the perceived social exclusion plays a significant role. It would also be conceivable that those affected initially develop psychological problems in the job due to the stress and therefore subsequently increasingly lose their jobs, which means that they subsequently become unemployed with mental problems. To wipe the results of the TK survey aside with such a simple hint seems too short here. Not least because various other surveys by the health insurance companies, such as an investigation by the Commercial Health Insurance Fund (KKH) from May this year, also establish a connection between the significant increase in mental illnesses and the stress at work. In particular, the constant availability, but also the consolidation of work processes and the fear of losing a job, make the employees on a psychological level difficult. (fp)

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