In post-corona times, physical health and mental fitness are becoming increasingly important in corporate health management. Health leadership is therefore becoming a trend and is replacing personal responsibility as a central health goal for one's own well-being.
Particularly during the weeks of home office and in the context of social distaningc, it has become clear that health leadership is essential. Without managers who exemplify a healthy work culture, no company health measure will be effective. In addition to physical fitness, mental health plays an increasingly important role. Stress, overwork and burn-out have now become frequent – mental illness is one of the most common reasons for early retirement due to disability. On the other hand, many employees tend to show up for work despite illness. This behavior does not only have a negative impact on both their own and their colleagues’ health, for example in the event of a flu or a severe cold, but also leaves economic traces. Studies show that the costs of so-called presenteeism far exceed the costs of sick leave – not least because of prolonged exhaustion, chronic complaints and infection of employees.
Daniel Dettling is a lawyer, administrative and political scientist and futurologist. He heads the Institute for Futures Studies, based in Berlin. He is a columnist for Globality Health and writes regularly about megatrends and current topics.
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