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;
  • ministries;
  • employers;
  • 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.