The Itzehoer-Initiative "Don't let stress stress you out – we'll take care of it"

    Company
    Itzehoer Versicherungen
    Corporate headquarters
    Itzehoer Platz, 25521 Itzehoe
    Number of employees
    600 Mitarbeiter
    Contact person
    Norbert Lampe
    Website

Project description

The Itzehoer initiative began in 2012 and is intended to be an on-going and dynamic process. In the last two years there were targeted events on „Routes to emotional well-being”. Further events are planned for 2014 and 2015. As part of the initiative the company will organise workshops to analyse stress, generate solutions, make the employees „strong”, focus on employees’ inner strength and with these workshops protect against psychological illnesses.

Itzehoer has already defined that the workplace is to be designed to comply with ergonomic and medical knowledge as part of its corporate philosophy thereby promoting employee health. Promoting health also means supporting prevention. Consequently the company intends to expand its initiative. The company aims to offer its employees supportive measures to foster that inner strength which brings robustness and protection against emotional overload.

For this purpose the company considered the following:

  • What can Itzehoer do to prevent psychological illnesses?
  • How can we deal with personal crises and existing medical conditions appropriately?
  • How can managers stay healthy themselves, maintain their employees’ emotional health and what supports them in dealing with staff who have psychological illnesses?
  • How can individuals remain „strong”, become „strong” or get back to full health?

The company has concluded a company agreement on risk assessment with the works council which provides for a legal basis and regulates financial and personnel support.


Healthcare promotion at the workplace is becoming increasingly important. It is, however, often restricted to isolated measures such as posture or relaxation training or anti-smoking campaigns. Although it already offers some measures and services as part of the Occupational Health Management scheme to promote the health and well-being of its employees, Itzehoer wants to do more.

Partners involved

  • Occupational Health Management
  • Otheb GmbH – employee support (EAP)
  • DAK Gesundheit
  • Coaching trainer

Impacts and benefits

Our employees should profit from our project partners’ experience in finding ways to prevent stress and other psychological conditions. The understanding of psychological health, dealing with employees under stress and the managers’ satisfaction with their own work-life balance should be improved. This also applies to the capacity to manage these topics. In addition the taboo of „psychological strains” should be broken and relaxation techniques tried out.