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STRESS-LESS is a 2-year project funded by the European Commission - Erasmus+ KA2 Programme. It involves 5 partners in 5 different countries: BF/M – the project leader from Germany; Hafelekar from Austria, Happiness Academy from Bulgaria, Consultoria de Inovacion Social from Spain and Horizon Software Solutions from UK.
The STRESS-LESS project aims to provide and support the uptake of innovative open pedagogies and approaches in the field of improving the digital competences and also personal, social and learning to learn competences of staff of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). The project will be focusing on equipping people with knowledge and teaching them habits how to better cope with digital stress.
Especially as a result of digital transformation and the associated changes in business models, workflows and the use of digital tools, employees are faced with constantly increasing demands in terms of flexibility, accessibility and transparency. As a consequence of this progress workers are suffering growing stress-related conditions.
The project objectives are to:
- develop new training content about prevention and management of digital stress that can be applied in work-based settings or in “home-office” settings by SMEs, their staff, managers and trainers/mentors. The training content will be available online, free of charge via web and mobile based platform;
- empower VET teachers, trainers and mentors in work-based settings through the development of effective digital, open and innovative pedagogies;
- provide data from research and feedback from practical implementation of measures against digital stress to scientific organizations, training organizations and policy makers, so that they can build upon the results of the project.
As a result of the STRESS-LESS project in the long run SME staff and other learners will be healthier, less stressed, easier to communicate with, suffer less from depression and burn-out. SMEs staff will take less sick leave and be more productive, efficient, effective and competitive.