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Potential assessment „Work 4.0“ of the joint project „Praevention 4.0“ opens up worlds of AI

Secretary of state Björn Böhning of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social (BMAS) has presented the potential assessment “Work 4.0”. This is intended to support companies in systematically importing and using 4.0-technologies. The new practice check was developed - amongst others – by the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund/Social Research Centre Dortmund (sfs) for the needs of small and medium-sized companies and has already been successfully tested in companies.

Potenzialanalyse _Arbeit 4.0

How companies can systematically import and use 4.0-technologies is subject of the new tool “Potential assessment Work 4.0”, which is being developed especially for the needs of small and medium-sized companies. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the people who work in them are facing a major change in work with the introduction of 4.0 technologies: The new smart work tools and autonomous systems have an impact on operational processes, personnel management or necessary skills. Thereby, competitive advantages and valuable potentials of digital change can be tapped for the company. However, the precondition is that the technologies are introduced productively, safely and health-consciously in the company.

With the potential assessment “Work 4.0” companies are enabled to identify the possibilities and dangers of 4.0-technologies und to implement the technologies according to their needs. With the help of the tool the complete process of technology launch can be covered: from strategy to planning and employment, to data handling, skills needed to the impact on leadership. The tool was developed in November 2018 by the partners of “Offensive Mittelstand – Gut für Deutschland” as part of the joint project “Prävention 4.0” and was approved in mid-November as a joint practice agreement between all OM-partners.

The tool is available free of charge here on the websites of the “Offensive Mittelstand”: and can be requested as a print version here.

A PDF-download of the print version is available here (German).

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