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Working time reporting for Germany: scientific analyses on current topics

Project number: F 2507 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Status: Ongoing Project Planned end: 2023-08-31


The organisation of working time is an important topic of occupational safety and health. The digital transformation has challenges existing standards. The public debate about working time has been characterised by the increased flexibility of working times and rest periods as well as employees’ greater decision latitude to decide their working times and forms of work, such as teleworking, home office or mobile working arrangements. More research is needed about the impact of these new forms of work on the health and well-being of employees.

The objective of this project is to close these research gaps in order to take up the public debate and objectify it with empirical evidence. For this purpose, data from several waves of the BAuA Working Time Survey will be analysed. Both opportunities and risks of new working time arrangements will be examined, especially in terms of employees’ mental and physical health, well-being, and work-life balance. The key focus is on analysing the impact that working time arrangements have on health and well-being of employees. Established methods of evaluation will be used, as well as structure-revealing methods (e.g., principal component, latent class, cluster and discriminant analyses), as well as structure-analysing methods (e.g., regression and path analyses and/or multi-level and structural equation models).

The project will provide representative results for the scientific community, but also evidence-based policymaking, stakeholders in occupational safety and health, and social partners. In this way, the results will ensure that working time can be adjusted with respect to the safety and health of employees under the changing conditions of the digital transformation.



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