Healthcare management at Stuttgarter

Project description

November 2012 marked the start of the Stuttgarter health management project with the full support of the company management. The company sees health protection not just as an economic necessity, but primarily as a social obligation. Each individual should be given encouragement and incentives to become proactive and rethink his or her own behaviour and to make changes accordingly.

Occupational Health Management has among its aims, the following objectives:

  • Improving the health of and preventing chronic illnesses amongst employees and a reduction in or maintenance of existing low sickness rate
  • Increased employee motivation, including flexibility, creativity and productivity. Employees are the Stuttgarter’s greatest asset
  • Decline in workplace-related health problems, stress reduction and enhanced quality of life resulting from job satisfaction
  • Individual needs-based treatment rather than the same standard treatment for all
  • Establishment of healthcare as a managerial responsibility
  • Strengthening personal responsibility

 

Some of the most successful measures are:

  • Sports programmes such as Zumba, jogging, football, table tennis or keep-fit classes
  • Physiotherapy and massage service
  • Free fruit and water dispensers provided as alternative to soft drinks
  • Company bike leasing as a fringe benefit
  • ”Health days” in cooperation with health insurance companies
  • Integrating the topic of „smoking” in the company agreement (e.g. introduction of smoke-free offices) and offering seminars on stopping smoking
  • A company agreement on corporate reintegration management is to be concluded in the near future

Partners involved

  • Members of the works council
  • Management
  • HR Department
  • Members of the health and safety at work committee

Impacts and benefits

One of the first effects of the above measures is that health is now a topic for discussion within the company. For example, the water dispensers are in frequent use, meaning that the consumption of soft drinks has dropped significantly. As these measures have only recently been introduced by Die Stuttgarter (third quarter of 2013) there are yet no concrete results.