Workplace Health Management (WHM) will increasingly have to be dedicated to the mind and not just to the employees’ bodies

Through automation and digitization, much physical work has already been taken away from humans and this trend will continue in the future. That’s good news for our back and spinal discs. However, the health effects of work also shift from the body to the mind. The constant pressure of deadlines, increasingly flexible and complex work, and (potential) permanent accessibility pose a challenge to the psyche that WHM has to deal with.

Here you will find the slides of Cornelia Daheim’s lecture on the future of work and occupational health management (in German).

For this, the merger of the WHM with strategy and an overall strategic positioning of the WHM in the company are indispensable. Technical gadgets and tools can only be means to an end. Rather, resource-strengthening measures are required that empower employees to build on their existing skills and acquire new skills. Lifelong skills acquisition is considered a key element for strong companies.

Cornelia Daheim gave a presentation on this topic at the network meeting of the AOK in Neumarkt. An overview of the future of work and its impact on the WHM can be found here (in German) . More information about the conference and the remaining results can be found here (also in German).

Future Impacts supports the European Commission (EU JRC) in the systematic use of megatrends

Megatrends are very well suited for scanning in future projects, a 360 ° overview of the relevant topics, and the scoping of tasks and investigations. But how can we use them systematically in policy-making? Future Impacts has helped the Foresight team of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center to develop a megatrend tool.

The FOR-KNOW research project has developed a format to introduce policy makers to work with megatrends and above all, analyze the effects of megatrends on one’s own work or policy field in an interactive, visual format. On top of the tool, another result of the project is the megatrend hub. 

The tool is now available to anyone interested in a Creative Commons version (CC-BY-SA) of the Megatrend Assessment Tool – the contact can be found on the linked website.

Interview with the Willi-Eichler-Bildungswerk about the future of work

Cornelia Daheim gave an interview to the Willi Eichler Bildungswerk in January 2019 within the framework of the publication Impulse: Solidarity 4.0 – Pleading for a Solidary Society (in German, can be found on pages 7 – 10). The interview was conducted by Marie Knäpper.

Publication Impulse: Solidarity 4.0 (Source:

After a brief introduction to her own understanding of Foresight and The Millennium Project, an international think tank on future issues in the form of a non-profit organization, Cornelia talks about the future of work in the context of technological development. The particular focus here is on a long-term and international perspective and the social implications. In two scenarios Cornelia Daheim outlines a positive and a negative scenario until the year 2050.

What can positive images of the future look like, how much political influence does it need, what role does education play and what could “good work” of the future look like? Cornelia Daheim takes a position and wishes for an early, action-oriented discussion as well as internationally visible first measures for the implementation of the developed target images.

Interview on the Future of Work

If digitalization, artificial intelligence, automation and robotization means that machines could do many tasks today done by humans, what does that mean to the people?


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Cornelia Daheim answers these and other questions in a conversation with Michaela Doepke for the network Ethik Heute (“Ethics today” – interview in German only).

The interview covers topics such as the common good orientation, the unconditional basic income, the robot tax and pro bono work – lining out a future in which the transfer of much work by machines creates more spaces for human interaction, rather than dehumanizing them. For realising this, however, new ideas beyond the paradigms of the present are needed.

The future as a flying flock of birds

What picture of the future comes to our mind when we say goodbye to linear extrapolations or sky-breaking exponential graphs?

Cornelia Daheim draws the picture of a large moving flock of birds flying towards the future. This swarm does not have a specific direction, does not follow any declared goals and measures, is free of hierarchies and nevertheless manages to coordinate with each other and to be fit for the future. Behind this lies the idea of ​​a pluralistic landscape of ideas and approaches that are organically oriented to each other and interact on a higher level. This is accompanied by an appeal: Every approach and every idea is important – if we confidently accept our role and exchange ideas, we can shape the future together!