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What is OHM actually?

OHM stands for Occupational Health Management. The primary goal of OHM at the University of Cologne is to create health-preserving and health-promoting working conditions for the academic and administrative staff. In addition to ensuring suitable framework conditions, it is also important to strengthen individual health competence. This interaction turns into a win-win situation in a professional OHM, both for the employees and for the organisation: maintaining and improving performance at the workplace makes people happier, more committed and more motivated, while the university benefits from increased productivity and an image as an attractive employer.

What is OHM not?

Health management should not be confused with health promotion. OHM does not offer courses or health measures. This is what the stakeholders do.

What does the OHM understand by health?

For us, health is a holistic construct, so we focus on both the psychosocial and the physical components. Psychosocial conditions of health in the workplace include, for example, leadership and collegial cooperation, professional qualification and development or culture in the workplace. With regard to physical factors, the focus is on ergonomics at the workplace, exercise and sports activities or nutrition. The OHM team at the university works together with experienced actuaries on health determinants in order to be able to offer preventatively effective offers and measures that take into account the heterogeneity of the employees.

What is the mission of the OHM?

Based on the results of the university-wide employee survey "Bielefeld Questionnaire", the employees, supported by the OHM team, developed load-reducing solutions. On the one hand, these suggestions are incorporated into a universal OHM strategy, and on the other hand they are successively implemented in the faculties and administration by 2020.

Who determines the OHM strategy of the UoC?

The OHM team is supported in its strategic orientation by the "OHM Steering Committee", in which the interest groups, executives from science and administration, as well as representatives from the university management are located. The OHM expert panel, with its many years of experience and expertise gathered here, is the "ear to the staff" and shapes operational measures. The cooperation in these two bodies creates new offers and ideas for future health-relevant measures.