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Gear for Changes - Fact sheet


Community Programme for employment and Social Solidarity - Progress

Sub-programme II

Better understanding of health and well-being at work during restructuring

Project title

Get Employees Aware and Ready for Changes

Project acronym

Gear for Changes


1st December 2010 – 30th November 2011  


275,585.99 Euro 


Support of the European Union: 220,468.74 Euro  

Partner’ co-financing: 51.117.25 Euro 

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Project promoter

Economic institute Maribor, Human Resource Development Centre, Slovenia

Project partners

Investors in people international, United Kingdom

Association of Employers of Slovenia ZDS, Slovenia

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Štajerska, Slovenia

Association of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia, Regional organisation of Podravje and Koroška, Slovenia

Croatian Chamber of Economy, County Chamber Krapina, Croatia

Supporting partners

Ministry of RS of Labour, Family and Social Affairs; Association of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia; Regional Labour Foundation Podravje; Union of autonomous trade Unions of Croatia UATUC Krapina – Zagorje County office.

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European Community programme Progress

Project Gear for Changes is commissioned under the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity -PROGRESS (2007-2013). It was established to support financially the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, as set out in the Social Agenda, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the EU ‘Lisbon’ growth and Jobs Strategy. The seven-year Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-27, EFTA-EEA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries.

Gear for Changes Project 

The project Gear for Changes aim is to encourage enterprises to introduce actions to prevent negative impact of change in terms of health and psycho-social risks on time. Experiences and HW practices focused on programs for workers/managers experiencing changes in the event of restructuring will be exchanged through transnational expert network. The Gear for Changes objectives are also: (1) To raise awareness and promote benefits of permanently, on-time and constructive incorporation of individual and organizational health and wellbeing issues in to restructuring process; (2) To help employers and social partners to prevent and treat the health problems of workers faced with restructuring; (3) To raise awareness among employers (especially line/middle managers) of stress factors resistance to change and importance of communication prior and during restructuring.

Gear for Changes Key Activities

Transnational network for exchange of experiences, knowledge and good practices: experts, advisers, OSH/HW and HR managers from enterprises, trainers and social partners in three partner countries are exchanging knowledge, experiences and good practices, preparing programmes and guide for managers and social partners within transnational network, at the transnational seminar and via transnational E-forum.

Guide for employers and social partners to help avoid/reduce the harmful consequences of restructuring on individuals’ health and encouraging enterprises to introduce the actions: a guideline, including tools and good practices to promote and introduce efficient health and wellbeing actions will be developed and introduced, discussed and promoted at workshop in each partner’s country.

Programmes for line/middle managers and trade unions representatives: based on the basis of exchange of knowledge, experiences and good practices, to raise awareness and build competences of participants of stress factors, resistance to change two new programmes will be developed and implemented according to the needs and culture of each country: (1) Programme for line/middle managers from enterprises that planning to be or being in the process of change/restructuring will be implemented in each partner’s country and (2) Programme for trade unions representatives will be implemented in Slovenia and Croatia. 

Awareness raising and dissemination campaign and final transnational conference in Slovenia will be implemented to attract interest and attain participation of target groups, key stakeholders, raise awareness among them and inform brother public during the project and after its end. 

Gear for Changes Target Groups

Project Gear for Changer involves all relevant target groups and their representatives, key authorities and stakeholders in all three partner countries: (1) Direct target group: enterprises, especially SMEs, planning or being in the process of restructuring or have envisaged changes because of various reasons, representative of employees - trade unions and their representatives in enterprises,  experts, health and wellbeing and business advisers, trainers, OSH/HW and HR managers from enterprises; (2) Social partners and stakeholders – policy makers, local communities, employment organisations and services, other labour market organisations that are creating  implementing and/ or supporting measures/programmes  for the enterprises going under restructuring.      

Gear for Changes Key Messages

Gear for Changes will improve health and well-being at work!

By exchanging knowledge, experiences and good practices, preparing programmes and guide for managers and social partners to prevent and treat the health problems of workers faced with restructuring within  transnational network experts, advisers, OSH/HW and HR managers from enterprises, trainers and social partners will create new holistic policies, measures and programmes to encourage organisations and enterprises to incorporate individual and organisational health in the restructuring process in all three partner countries.

Gear for Changes will raise awareness on health and well-being at work!

By disseminating GEAR for CHANGES project' results through different events and by active involvement of key stakeholders representatives of companies and HW experts from partners counties to GEAR activities, awareness on health and wellbeing at work will be raised as well as mainstreamed to companies, local / regional / national and EU health and wellbeing policies and programmes.

Gear for Changes will strengthen capacities of managers and trade unions representatives!

By training line/middle managers and trade unions representatives will build competences of stress factors, resistance to change, and became aware on importance of supporting employees career and skills development, communication prior and during restructuring and assure “justice and trust environment” for employees during restructuring.



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