In times of demographic change, a shortage of skilled workers and increased long-term disability, a successful company health management programme is an investment that hardly any company can afford to ignore. The medium-sized company WIENERS+WIENERS has caught on to the signs of the times. A proactive health management programme has been in place here for several years now. It includes all of the measures that keep staff happy and healthy, reduce stress and enable employees to reliably contribute to the company’s success.
Even young teams can have higher-than-average rates of absences due to illness, especially when the jobs in question require an extraordinary level of concentration and sitting at a computer almost the entire day. To prevent incorrect posture and ailments that result from this one-sided physical stress, workstations can be ergonomically optimised. This means that employees receive professional consultation showing them how their desks, chairs, monitors and keyboards should be positioned with their best-possible posture in mind. This is complemented with a variety of seminars that deal with the relaxation of the eyes, neck and back muscles, or with exercises that counteract the effects of sitting.
But the Ahrensburg-based language services provider knows that these measures can only be effective when they are practised on a long-term and regular basis. ‘We give our employees the freedom to take short breaks in their workday to incorporate the relaxation exercises promoted in the seminars,’ explains Ursula Di Renzo, head of human resources at WIENERS+WIENERS. On top of that, the employees can take advantage of a wide-ranging company fitness offer. For a reduced monthly rate, those interested can use the neighbouring gym or the sports facilities of a partner club, all of which offer a wide range of options for fitness and swimming. Employees can thus actively balance out the many hours of sitting at their desks each day. To increase the appeal for staff, sports facilities were sought out that are located right by the company itself and their homes, enabling them to integrate their workout directly into their day.
Moreover, beverages and fresh fruit available at no cost and a break room designed by employees themselves are all factors which increase the company’s feel-good factor. Staff also have the chance to play table football and darts during breaks to burn off stress with their colleagues – activities which also contribute to a positive working environment. This is a very important factor for the success of a company health management programme. ‘By implementing these various measures, we have not only succeeded in reducing our absences due to illness to under the German average’, says Di Renzo, ‘but staff turnover has also significantly declined – despite the currently very employee-friendly job market.’
The measures outlined here clearly demonstrate that the investment in a company health management programme pay off only if the measures are well coordinated with each other, meet the wishes of the employees, and are easily accessible during the workday. Ideally, a successful health management programme is part of the company identity and is not limited to simply dealing with prevailing problems. ‘Our employees can only be customer-oriented, flexible and innovative if they stay performance-driven and motivated – in the future as well’, Di Renzo continues. ‘And that’s the only way our company will stay competitive and sustainable too.’
Modern companies integrate occupational health and safety as well as health management measures into their company management strategies. They use isolated offers as well as sustainable and ongoing effective measures to protect and promote the health, employability and productivity of their people.