BELGIUM: Compulsory coaches to tackle job burn-out

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The federal government has announced its intention to combat job burn-out with two key measures.

The first is to introduce the concept of the “right to disconnect” in collective labour agreements. This means negotiating clear rules so that work no longer contaminates workers’ private life via the new technologies.

The second, very original provision aims to oblige companies with more than 100 employees to use the services of a platform of trained coaches specialized in the prevention of stress and burn-out. Determined to enact this measure in a law as of the post-holiday resumption, Kris Peeters, federal Minister of Employment, says that these carefully selected experts will have to work hand-in-hand with the existing structures in the companies (committees and departments for risk prevention and protection at work, OSH advisers).

They will carry out a risk analysis before determining, where appropriate and on a case-by-case basis, how to overcome the causes of stress and burn-out which weigh on the finances of companies and the Social Security system.


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