Age-adapted Working Conditions in the Industrial Park Bocholt
Ministry of Work, Integration and Social Affairs NRW
The consequences of the demographic change on employability have been widely discussed among experts from social sciences and human resources for quite some time. In the meantime, ageing staffs increasingly pose new challenges to companies in North Rhine-Westphalia in their daily routine. The Industrial Park Bocholt, for instance, has therefore urgently looked for a business-wide solution to this threat, which has been developed in a close cooperation with the Institute for Employment and Employability (ibe) of the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences, the Institute for Empirical Economic and Social Research of the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, the Development and Operating Company of the City of Bocholt (EWIBO), the Bocholt-based Business Development as well as Representatives of the local companies. In order to find out with which concrete challenges the companies find themselves confronted, a broad data collection and the analysis thereof have provided a basis for upcoming project tasks. Our focus of interest primarily lies within the development of preventive measures in terms of industrial health management, work organization and workplace design as well as the creation of suitable employment opportunities for employees already suffering from health constraints. General recommendations for actions are to be deduced from these measurements, which will finally lead to a business-wide and holistic solution. As our final goal, this concept serves as a role model for other industrial sites that are comparable to the Industrial Park Bocholt with regard to their structure and location. To do so, the results have been made broadly available and can be transferred to other contexts.
The project was financially funded by the Ministry of Work, Integration and Social Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia and the European Social Fund.