Agencies join forces on employee well-being / Eurofound News, October 2014

Workplace risk factors that adversely affect workers’ psychological well-being – heavy workload, intense work, harassment and job insecurity – can lead to reduced productivity, increased absenteeism and shortened working lives. And, as economic activity shifts towards the services sector and the nature of work changes, concern over these psychosocial risks is rising.

Eurofound and its sister agency the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) have combined their expertise to publish a joint report examining the prevalence of different psychosocial workplace risks, their impact on health and well-being, and strategies for tackling them. The report was launched on 13 October at a conference entitled ‘How can we achieve the health and satisfaction of workers through better organisation of work and better leadership?’ Organised by the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Slovenia in Brno, the event focused on work-related stress and how the organisation of work plays a critical role in determining workers’ well-being.

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