Occupational health management: Which requirements do you have to meet? [+ Checklist]

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Occupational health management is “in”, but it is not clear to many how they should define the area of ​​responsibility and what the candidates should be able to do. So here is an overview with a checklist.

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Stefan Buchner's Profile stefan-buchnerStefan Buchner is Managing Director of the UBGM - Business Consulting for Occupational Health Management.


What Company expect from a health manager

A health care manager is expected to have a plan to promote health care and to maintain healthy performance even in demographic change. What skills should he bring?

Health managers should not only be able to set up a BGM process, they should also be the “engine” of the BGM in their home. You should have the following skills.

Skills for communication and motivation

There are now many companies that are committed to corporate health promotion and offer their employees a variety of offers. Not infrequently with the effect that at the beginning everyone yells “yes” and a lot of the colleagues join in, but with the weeks many programs fall asleep again and the number of participants decreases.

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Therefore, health managers should be very communicative and actively seek permanent exchange with the workforce. Only those who know what their colleagues want can also operate a good health marketing in the company. Employee surveys can be carried out for this purpose, but the personal interview with the employee is to be replaced by nothing.


At least as important is the ability to work in a team, for example, in cooperation with the HR department and managers. In many cases, the position is also part of the HR department. This is about coordinating and organizing personnel development measures, for example on the topic of "healthy management" with the PE colleagues.

But the managers should also be brought into the boat by the health manager. This is not always easy since these are often measured on indicators other than health scores. Whoever manages to win the superiors as an ally and multiplier makes the work enormous.

Sportiness with exemplary function

“Last but not least” it is important for him to be “sporty” and to show perseverance and tolerance for frustration. Not all offers are always accepted as you would like them to be.

From time to time there are even “health muffins” who seem to always have an excuse why this offer is not right for them now or why the company would have to do much more. It is best to go jogging or do other sports on a regular basis to get fit for this profession. This keeps you healthy and ensures that you are a good and credible role model.

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Which requirements are made exactly to a health manager, we have listed here again in a checklist:

  • Can collect and evaluate health figures
  • operational resources and burdens
  • To develop solutions for the promotion of health resources
  • Solutions / ideas to reduce stress
  • Organize and coordinate measures for health promotion (project management)
  • health-promoting offers in the company permanently communicate
  • high participation rate
  • Build up / expand the interest and motivation of the employees and keep them long term
  • creative and innovative ideas themselves
  • Making the success of health promotion measurable

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