Croatia: health and employment (2019)
Being in good health and improving health benefit individuals, employers, wider society and the national economy. A significant problem in Croatia is the large number of people not working because of health-related problems. Work-related physical and mental disorders represent an increasing burden to the health-care system and employers with mental disorders as the main cause of disability.
In Croatia long working hours, a perceived higher level of job insecurity and poor work–life balance contribute to high stress levels. Integrated comprehensive policies targeting the structural characteristics of organizations are more effective and cost-effective in addressing workrelated health issues. Key stakeholders are:
- national, regional and local government policy-makers;
- unions; and
- nongovernmental organizations.
The most effective interventions aim to:
- improve work quality, employee health and occupational health support;
- promote active labour market programmes and sustainable and equitable economic growth; and
- integrate lifelong learning into work and health policies.