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Digital Work Environments: Work Safely, Healthily and Motivated

02/22/2019

When companies introduce new technologies, the benefits depend strongly on the acceptance of their employees. This is usually higher if the employees are involved in the transformation.

This is exactly where the new research projekt DIAMANT comes in. The project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, investigates how companies can manage digitized work and encourage employees to contribute their own ideas. Under the direction of the University of Trier, an interdisciplinary team of scientific experts from the fields of sociology, psychology, information technology, and logistics works together with the companies Balcke-Dürr, BOGE and REWE.

The Chair of Software Engineering at the paluno institute is responsible for the implementation of a digitized idea management system. This is intended to bundle employee suggestions for improving value-added processes and working conditions. This approach aims to strengthen employee participation in companies and thus promote new, innovative ideas and suggestions.  

A further component of the project is to measure the psychological stress and strain that can occur as a result of the changed working conditions. The project will also explore how skills and self-confidence can be fostered so that employees and managers can work in a healthy and motivated digital environment.

About the DIAMANT project

The research project DIAMANT (“Digitalisiertes Ideen- und Arbeitsmanagement in Produktion, Logistik und Handel” /"Digitalized Idea and Work Management in Production, Logistics and Trade") is led by Junior Professor Caroline Ruiner at the University of Trier. Scientific project partners are the Universities of Bremen and Duisburg-Essen as well as the FOM University of Applied Sciences. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) within initiative INQA (“Initiative Neue Qualität der Arbeit” / “New Quality of Work Iniative”). The aim of INQA is to improve the quality of work for companies and employees as the key to innovation and competitiveness.

Further information on the project website http://diamant.digital