Future of work: EU institutions push for greater mental health protections in the workplace

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As part of its initiative to boost mental wellbeing across sectors, on Wednesday 25 October, the European Commission launched a new campaign to support healthy work environments in the digital age.

The European Commission, the Spanish presidency of the EU Council and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) jointly presented the “Safe and Healthy Work in the Digital Age 2023-24” campaign on Wednesday 25 October. The campaign is part of the European Commission’s drive to boost mental wellbeing across diverse sectors and workplaces.

As digitalisation reshapes our workplaces, the “Safe and Healthy Work in the Digital Age” campaign aims to raise awareness, promote collaboration, and pave the way for a future where occupational safety and health remain top priority alongside technological advancement.

People first: Championing safety and health in the digital era

The message of these campaigns is clear — ‘Safety and health at work is everyone’s concern. It’s good for you. It’s good for business.’

Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, explained: “The world of work has seen a huge transformation in recent years, with the rise of digital technologies, algorithmic management and remote working. It is essential to strike the right balance: as we reap the benefits of the digital age, we must also make sure we don’t compromise on the human-centred approach. The EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces Campaign – Safe and healthy work in the digital age – will help employers in the EU to ensure decent working conditions and provide quality jobs.”

Joaquín Pérez Rey, interim secretary of State for Employment and Social Economy of Spain and representing the Spanish Presidency of the EU Council, added: “Current policies in the EU are serving as a driver of change in this digital transformation, setting strategic objectives in relation to the digitalisation of companies and measures of society. For this reason, from the Presidency of the Council we highlight the importance of the content of this campaign and the opportunity of its messages so that the technological advances promoted contribute to improving working conditions and the safety and health of workers, as well as stopping the precariousness that threatens employment. This campaign will help drive a digital transformation of the world of work that is fair and leaves no one behind, spreading knowledge about digital solutions that represent opportunities for companies and workers.”

To reach out to workers and employers, EU-OSHA relies on an extensive network of national focal points, official campaign partners, media partners, social partners and other intermediaries, using agency promotion and information material to inspire and encourage others to join the cause of a safe and healthy workforce in the digital age.

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