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Workplace Health Promotion in the public administration sector

3rd Initiative (2001 - 2002)

The project was headed and controlled by the European Information Centre of the BKK Bundesverband.

Since the nineties consensus has been growing across Europe for modernising the public administration sector. Plans were made to make cuts in public services and to increase efficiency in public administration. The question of how to improve the effect of public investment also has an influence on human resources management and work organisation.

Particularly in the public sector, which exists mainly to provide services, the employees are a crucial resource in increasing competitiveness against their rivals in the private sector and for being able to understand customer requirements and providing new services. The manner in which the staff is managed, motivated and qualified has an enormous influence on their well-being and consequently on their efficiency and the quality of their work.

Against this background, workplace health promotion (WHP) strategies can create a significant added value in the public sector reform process. For this reason, the ENWHP examined the situation regarding WHP in public administrations in Europe in its 3rd joint initiative and documented models of good practice.

The objectives were:

  • To describe and analyse the reform and modernisation process in public administration in Europe with a view to supporting the possibility of workplace health promotion
  • To identify and document models of good practice on the basis of defined quality criteria, as was the case in previous projects

Results of the project were presented at the 3rd European Conference in Barcelona on 17th and 18th June 2002: