Against the backdrop of the new economic realities with their challenges of demographic change, globalization, and an increasingly short half-life of knowledge, the health and the working capacity of employees have proven to be the main success factors for many European companies, particularly those in Germany. But these challenges upset the balance between work performance and employee health because growing productivity and escalating economic requirements demand more and more of employees. This in turn increases the probability of psychosocial and somatic disorders, resulting in greater absenteeism. Confronted with sick leave, downtime costs, and substantial fluctuation among highly qualified employees, companies have been increasingly implementing occupational health and safety programs.
However, numerous factors are preventing a truly effective implementation of these health and safety programs in Germany. A major problem in practical workplace health management is, for example, the fact that it often lacks strategic direction and sustainability. In addition, many programs adopt an overly general approach rather than addressing the specific needs of the employees, resulting in an unfortunate lack of acceptance among employees to participate in health and safety programs. A further drawback is that the economic and practical benefits of strategic health care management are little known in management practice, although they are scientifically well documented. Indeed, the most frequent criticism of upper management is that individual health care interventions are not sufficiently evaluated in terms of cost and benefit. As a result, these decision makers are often reluctant to invest substantially in workforce health care. Consequently, at MIPH we see it as our mission to provide decision makers with persuasive evidence that strategic, sustainable, and specific interventions benefit not the only the health of the employees but also ultimately the health of the company.