The most valuable assets in any business are healthy and productive employees. In general, a lack of young talents is already apparent. Therefore, it becomes increasingly important for companies to create attractive and healthy working conditions. This is prerequisite to obtain the working capacity of employees as long as possible and to encourage and motivate them to deliver long and good results.
Unfortunately, the companies are just starting to recognize the importance of healthy employees but ignored it for years. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work published some facts and figures about stress and psychosocial risks at work with frightening results. After musculoskeletal disorders, stress is the second most frequently reported work-related health problem in Europe. Furthermore, 50-60% of all missing work days can be attributed to work-related stress caused by job insecurity, working long hours and being bullied or harassed at work. The good news is that psychosocial risks can be prevented and managed regardless of the business size or type.
There are some companies who put special emphasis on the health topic. The following have been awarded with the Corporate Health Award for their excellence in the field of corporate health management:
- Landeshauptstadt München
- Universität Paderborn
The Fraport AG (Airport Frankfurt) for example has established a company health management as an integral part of the company for many years. All employees, especially the leaders and the top management advocates support it. How? As a runner at the Fraport run, as an exerciser in the gym, as an athlete in company sport groups, as an interesting participant in Health Days and as a provider of the required human and financial resources.
The University of Paderborn is another good example: in addition to offers for exercises and relaxation they have Action Days, lectures and internal trainings regarding themes such as addiction prevention, nutrition, work-life balance, leadership or personal provision.
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