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Funding project STRESS-LESS: Well-being and Stress Prevention in Digital Work and Home Office for SMEs
Funding body Europäische Kommission
Funding priorities Erasmus+
Project partner BF/M-Bayreuth (consortium leader), Consultoría de Innovación Social (Spain), Happiness Academy ltd. (Bulgaria), Hafelekar Unternehmensberatung Schober GmbH (Austria) Horizon Software Solutions Ltd (Great Britain)
Project coordinator BF/M-Bayreuth
Duration of the project 01.09.2020 – 31.08.2022
Responsible board member Prof. Dr. Torsten M. Kühlmann
Responsible employees Nicholas Derra, M. Sc., Jörgen Eimecke, M.Sc.

Project background

Particularly due to the digital transformation and the associated changes in business models, work processes and the use of digital media, employees are confronted with constantly increasing demands, e.g., for flexibility, accessibility and transparency. As a result of this change, employees and managers (company owners) suffer from growing stress conditions: “Work-related stress not only takes a toll on workers’ well-being but also affects the overall performance of European companies” (László Andor, former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, 2014).

Project Objectives

The project aims to provide innovative teaching methods for improving the digital, personal and social skills of employees in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and to support their implementation. The STRESS-LESS project will provide important data from research and insights from practical implementation to scientific and training organizations and policymakers. New training content on digital stress prevention and management will be developed for use by SMEs, their employees, managers, and trainers/mentors in the workplace or in “home offices.” In addition, vocational teachers, trainers and mentors will be empowered through the development of new digital and innovative teaching methods (STRESS-LESS Web and Mobile App). In the long term, this will enable SME employees to work healthier and communicate more easily; they will also be less stressed and suffer less from depression and burnout. This increases the productivity and efficiency of SMEs and thus strengthens their competitiveness.

Project schedule

The partnership consortium includes five organizations that have previous collaboration experience and know each other from other initiatives. The knowledge in the areas of stress research, health, well-being and education of all project partners is brought together and transferred to each partner country. The developed online modules will be evaluated by SMEs in each partner country through online surveys, face-to-face training, workshops and expert interviews (based on Grounded Theory) and all project results will be published in a scientific (STRESS-LESS) report.