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Working World 2018

Working conditions and mental stress in Austria and Germany

The study "Working World 2018" investigates the workplace-related framework conditions and circumstances under which employees in Austria (AT) and Germany (DE) pursue their gainful employment. In particular, we will examine the links between sources of stress at the workplace (especially in view of today's challenges of flexibilization and digitalization of the working world), resources at work and adverse consequences.


The objectives of the study are briefly explained in the following points:

  • Obtaining representative standard values in AT and DE of workplace exposure for workplace evaluation projects in order to ensure an optimal assessment of mental stress at the workplace.
  • Analysis of industry-specific stress sources and extraction of industry-specific standard values
  • Identification of "new" stress sources at the workplace, which are becoming increasingly important due to flexibilization and digitalization of the working world (e.g. virtual teams/leadership, unbounded work, etc.) and extension of the instruments for stress caused by these "new" stress sources. The consideration of stress sources of the "new working worlds" is expressly required in the German guidelines for the implementation of risk assessment.

Benefits of the project

  • Extension of stress measurement in the area of workplace evaluation, to include stress due to new forms of work (keyword work 4.0)
  • Updating the standards for stress measurement, specific for the instrument of stress measurement "OrgFit"
  • Recognition of (industry-specific) correlations between stress factors and mental stress at the workplace
  • Creating public interest for this important research topic
  • Raising awareness of the issues of stress, strain, recovery and resources

Project team

Project management:

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Paulino Jiménez


+43 316 380-5128

Project assistant:

Mag. Dr. Anita Bregenzer


+43 316 380-5102


The study will be conducted in cooperation with research-team.


Mag. Dipl.-Ing.

Dagmar Schmelzer

Institut für Psychologie
Phone:+43 316 380 - 8549

Sozialpsychologie & AO: Mo,Mi,Do: 10:00-12:00, Di 14:00-16:00

Consultation hours

Univ.-Prof. MMag. Dr. Bettina Kubicek

Monday 13:30 - 15:00

Registration required at Mag. Schmelzer

Due to the current situation you can also register for Skype-based consultation at the secreteriat.


Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Paul Jiménez

Tuesday 11:00 - 12:30

Additional information


Univ.-Prof. i.R. DDr. K. Wolfgang Kallus

Consultation hours on request

Registration required at Mag. Schmelzer

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