Competence Development Initiative “Resource-Saving Way of Operating” (ResA)

Funding number: NQA.01.00182.13
Funding programme: Companies of the Future
Project sponsor: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Supported by: gsub – Association for Social Consulting


Due to the change of the working world and an increasing densification of work, new challenges for working ability and employability arise. This development goes hand in hand with an aging workforce resulting in more stressful working conditions for employees over the time. Working ability and employability do not only depend on professional competences but also on physical and mental performance. Investments in the competence of employees have to stay without effect if performance cannot be ensured. Thereby, the attitude towards health as an element of sustainable working ability and employability becomes more important.

Working conditions have been identified as an important starting point for positive influence on health. Recent empirical findings indicate that non-value added activities do not only waste operational resources but also strain the resources of employees. This raises the question of how a relief reservoir that ensures working ability and employability can be accessed.

In ResA, a procedure model has been developed in order to convey competences on how employees of small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs) can spot non-value added work, that is extra work and duplication of work, on their own, as well as on how they can develop and realise measures to overcome this non-value added work. If employees are able to spot and avoid waste the chance arises that working conditions, value-adding ones as well as healthy ones – in the sense of a relief of strain – can be created. Next to professional competence, physical and mental performance of the, in most cases aging, workforce can be permanently ensured.

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In order to develop and realise the competence development initiative, one builds on already existing experiences with productivity-oriented measures to avoid waste. Findings in this field are the basis for further development initiatives of tools with an orientation towards the employees, as well as to combine these in a set of measures and test them in the operational field.

Since recognising and avoiding waste require specific competences from the employees, existing approaches are observed and analysed in case studies. The approaches for overcoming non-value added activities are often shaped by large-scale companies and in the course of the project they will be applied to medium-sized companies.

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Julia Eßlinger

Stefanie Bengfort

Phone: +49 (0) 234 915923-55