Next generation work
This research project was established with the support of the European Social Fund.
With this project we want to tackle the societal challenge of the reintegration of workers after a burnout. In this way, we are responding to the increase of long-term sick leave related to burnout. Figures show that this has become a growing problem in society.
Long-term sick leave related to burnout is steadily increasing. Moreover, 25% of those who return to work experience a relapse. The direct and indirect costs to society, employers and individuals are high. By focusing on better work resumption and reducing absenteeism, we want to turn the tide. To this end, we are developing a new service package.
This ESF innovation project consists of several phases:
- Concept validation based on qualitative and quantitative research
- Service design
- Pilot phase
During the research phase, we defined different levers for a successful return to work, and we examined the needs and requirements of employees in this process. Given the complexity of both burnout and work resumption, we also mapped the needs and requirements of varying supporting services. Within this multi-stakeholder approach, we used the techniques of interviews, focus groups and surveys.
Based on the research results, we co-created with all relevant actors a concept in which the growth of people and organizations is central. We deliberately put emphasis on a positive approach, with a key role for a neutral, independent coordinator. With the help of some tools (the Re-Set Toolbox), this person can create a safe environment to set up and plan the process of support for work resumption and to create the necessary conditions. This is done in consultation with all parties involved. A multidisciplinary approach, awareness-raising, job sculpting and the increase of supporting activities are key.
In the course of 2021, this concept will be further developed. Once this phase is completed, we plan a pilot phase.
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