BEM - Operational integration management

Conduct BEM discussions. Company integration management (BEM) is aimed at employees who have been absent due to illness for more than six weeks within a twelve-month period. The employer is obliged to offer the affected employees a BEM meeting. By taking action at an early stage, the aim is to increase individual chances of overcoming incapacity to work, preventing illness and retaining employment. In addition to managers and the HR department, the works or staff council plays an important role throughout the entire BEM process. In our training programme, we therefore train all those involved in conducting constructive and beneficial BEM discussions.

Participation in the BEM process is voluntary. The onus is on the employer to take the initiative in company integration management by inviting the sick employee to an initial meeting and pointing out the objectives of the process. However, a mandatory prerequisite for the initiation of a BEM process is the consent of the person concerned. If the person refuses to participate in a BEM meeting, the procedure is terminated immediately. However, if the employee accepts the invitation, the works council or staff council checks that the legal requirements are being met. It is also the point of contact for the person concerned and exercises its co-determination rights with regard to specific measures resulting from company integration management.

Corporate integration management Legal basis

BEM process

Roles in the BEM process

Information and participation rights

Data protection


BEM - Success factors

Invitation letter


The BEM discussion

Reactions in the BEM discussion, difficult situations


Finding solutions together

Occupational Health and Safety Act

Planning of measures

Evaluation of the BEM

Online training

BEM - Workplace Integration Management

In order for a BEM meeting to have a positive effect and not be experienced as a purely compulsory event, good preparation and sensitive dialogue are required. Reports from companies show that there is often still a need for optimisation in the implementation of BEM procedures. This can be remedied by targeted training of the people involved by external experts. The following in-depth questions arise, for example, especially in the preparation of BEM meetings:

What about the resilience of those affected?

So how can reservations and fears be dealt with when conducting a dialogue?

What support could be important when returning to work?

How high is the risk of a recurrence of the disease and what preventive measures are available?

Do you still have questions?

Our seminars "Conducting BEM discussions" fulfil the criteria of Section 37 (6) of the Works Constitution Act (BetrVG). They can also be booked as in-house events.

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