Sustainable Employment Policy and Securing Skilled Personnel

Arbeitsfeld des iso-Instituts -Laufende und abgeschlossene Projekte

Digitalisation and demography, climate change and immigration are buzzwords for social and technological developments that also pose new challenges for companies. Therefore, the main focus of this topic lies on the question how companies can secure sustainable and qualified employment in the face of these changes. Companies and organisations are addressed as fields of action for various stakeholders. Also their socio-cultural structures and interrelationships with the labour market and new social developments are taken into account. The following aspects are particularly important:

  • Sustainable concepts for the qualification of employees and for securing the demand for skilled workers;
  • Digitalisation in practice of company strategies and as a subject of labour policy in companies;
  • Employment and work policies towards specific groups of workers (apprentices, older people, people with disabilities or migrants);
  • Organisation and tools of a sustainable personnel, social and labour policy in a company.

The focus on the stakeholders determines the methodological similarity of this thematic field. And the operational conditions are ‘made’ by them. Therefore, the focus is on the patterns of interpretation, strategies and actions of the stakeholders in corporate organisations. It is about interactions and relationships, about power and trust and about cooperation and conflict in the mediation of different interests. These areas of conflict also include innovative approaches to secure skilled workers or to exploit the potential of digitalisation. Therefore, the research and design approach concentrates on perspectives and points of view of the various actors as a characteristic feature. In the 1990s, the term 'company social order' was developed within the framework of this research focus as an empirical and at the same time action-theoretical concept.

Various types of projects are implemented within the framework of the exploratory focus. On one hand these are scientific studies. On the other hand, these are design and network projects that support the stakeholders in translating new social and technological challenges into successful operational action.  

Current Projects

  • Demography Network Saar - DNS (III)

    Project Duration: 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021
    Weiterführung "Demografie Netzwerk Saar - DNS" (III)

    The Demografie Netzwerk Saar (Demography Network Saar) (DNS) is a cross-sectoral regional network aimed at companies based in the Saarland, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, and craft enterprises.

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  • Continuing Education Counselling for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Saarland (WBB)

    Project Duration: 01.09.2015 – 31.12.2021
    Weiterbildungsberatung für kleine und mittlere Unternehmen im Saarland (WBB)

    On behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour, Energy and Transport, the iso-Institut is coordinating an outreach and holistic continuing education advisory service for Saarland companies with up to 250 employees.

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  • Virtual Working Design in a Structurally Weak Region (ViSAAR)

    Project Duration: 01.05.2021 - 30.04.2024
    Virtuelle Arbeitsgestaltung in einer strukturschwachen Region (ViSAAR)

    The Saarland is particularly affected by structural and demographic changes compared to the rest of Germany. Innovative and sustainable concepts are therefore crucially needed to improve and to increase the competitiveness and the attractiveness of this region as a business location. The focus here lies particularly on digitalisation and virtualisation of the working world as future-oriented structural change requires transferable solutions. To this end, for the individual applications of these new concepts in companies, human-centred and not purely technology-centred scenarios have to be developed and tested for their applicability.

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  • Survey on the Situation of Outpatient Care Services in the Saarland

    Project Duration: 01.05.2021 - 31.09.2021
    Erhebung zur Situation der ambulanten Pflegedienste im Saarland

    Providing care for care-dependent people is a major challenge. Outpatient nursing care services play a decisive role in ensuring an appropriate care for people in need of assistance in their own homes. However, since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, the work of outpatient nursing care services has become much more complicated. In order to get an overview of the current situation of the outpatient nursing care services in Saarland, the iso-Institut is conducting a survey on behalf of the Arbeitskammer des Saarlandes (Saarland Chamber of Labour) and the Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (ver.di) (United Services Union).

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  • Development, Application and Evaluation of New Health Market-Specific Integration Tools (INGE)

    Project Duration: 01.12.2019 - 31.12.2021
    Entwicklung, Anwendung und Evaluierung neuer gesundheitsmarktspezifischer Integrationsinstrumente (INGE)

    The German labour market has long been unable to meet the growing demand for skilled personnel in the health and care sector. Thus, new approaches are to be taken in labour market policy to secure skilled labour. To meet the lack of personnel in hospitals and care facilities and to avoid a shortage of supply, a targeted recruitment of well-qualified and well-trained specialists in health and medical professions from European and non-European countries and a professional training and qualification of people with a refugee background has therefore to be introduced.

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Completed Projects





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