Psychosocial risk management in SMEs: survey on company practice in Germany

  • Project number: F 2473
  • Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)
  • Status: Ongoing Project
  • Planned end: 2025-11-30


In Germany, as in many other European countries, employers are legally obliged to reduce psychosocial risks at work. However, there is a lack of empirical knowledge about what enterprises and more particularly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are actually doing in this respect.

Therefore, the aim of this research project is to increase the knowledge of the current psychosocial risk management of SMEs in Germany. For this purpose, a representative company survey will be carried out. Based on the obtained data, the operational practice of psychosocial risk management in SMEs will be analysed with regard to the following aspects:

  1. prevalence of psychosocial risk management in SMEs;
  2. concrete measures taken to manage psychosocial risks;
  3. persons responsible in the company;
  4. problems and needs of support;
  5. typical structures and preconditions of psychosocial risk management.

The findings will enable to improve recommendations for company practice, to target advisory and support activities and to identify intervention needs in SMEs.

Has your enterprise been contacted as part of the "survey of company practice in Germany"?

On behalf of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) the infas Institute for Applied Social Science is currently conducting a nationwide company survey on dealing with psychosocial risks at work. By taking part, you will contribute to a better understanding of company practice and to an expansion of the current state of research and knowledge. The survey results will be analysed anonymously. Further information on the survey can be found on the website of the infas Institute for Applied Social Science at

Thank you very much for your trust and support.

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