BEM-intensive. Detecting needs early and initiating inclusive interventions through proactive in-house occupational rehabilitation programmes in companies as part of the Company Services of the Deutsche Rentenversicherung
Occupational rehabilitation programmes (German BEM
) are intended to empower employees with health needs to continue working for their current employer by making suitable adjustments to their workplace. The Deutsche Rentenversicherung participates in BEM
processes as part of their company services. However, companies are often supposed to initiate the contact and measures are not always delivered in a coordinated way. The project will test a proactive advice service in which representatives of the Deutsche Rentenversicherung will actively approach companies to offer and deliver their services and act as a pilot to other social security providers.
The project’s aims are:
- To detect and to deal with rehabilitation needs early,
- To actively participate in BEM
processes, particularly in small and medium enterprises,
- To develop inclusion strategies together with employees with needs.
At least 180 insured persons with support needs are to be recruited from about 60 companies. The Bildungswerk der Niedersächsischen Wirtschaft will actively contact companies on behalf of the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Braunschweig-Hannover. They will do this in the city and region Osnabrück, Emsland and County of Bentheim. They will present the Rentenversicherung’s services and if necessary initiate and support BEM
processes, for example by acting as a pilot to other social security providers. The Sociological Research Institute Göttingen (SOFI) e.V.
will research the structures and processes of the project. For this, qualitative interviews with decision makers in companies and the Deutsche Rentenversicherung and case studies of BEM
processes in selected companies will be conducted.
The project is being led by Mrs Silvia Reder with support by Dr Felix Behling.