Health management

Occupational health management in your company

We answer the big questions about occupational health management. Learn all about the potential applications of Helsana Business Health , our Leaders Care and StayWell training tools, and how to implement health promotion measures.

When can occupational health management be effective?
As a manager, the health and wellbeing of my employees is a priority. What can I do to make sure they enjoy working for us?

Start with a questionnaire to find out whether your employees are happy with their current work situation. We will then discuss the survey findings and devise solutions with you. For example, you could organise thematic workshops for your employees and test whether the measures are proving effective in the workplace. We will be happy to work with you to evaluate the results and develop a long-term strategy for improving health in the workplace. We have a range of tailored solutions for companies with under 20 employees.

We are seeing too many short absences, which generate costs but also disrupt our workflows. What can we do to improve the situation?

One key factor in absence management is defining a standard company-wide process for dealing with absences. If you are experiencing too many short absences, you need to introduce suitable management measures. Our health managers will provide training for one-to-one meetings and demonstrate various ways of identifying and tackling early signs of pressure on employee health, with a view to preventing absences. The StayWell online tool also provides support for employees, helping them to identify health problems early on and take corrective action. Once the measures have been implemented, we will evaluate the results together with you.

How can my team and I improve our performance?

Your success is dependent on working with motivated and committed employees. Helsana organises workshops for senior management, middle managers and employees, which are run by our health managers. We demonstrate a range of methods that you can use to create good teamwork and a positive working environment. You will also be presented with an overview of all the health-related issues in your company. The overview will identify which workflows could be improved, measures that could be used to optimise structures and how to get your team on board. You can then plan the next steps in consultation with our health managers.

How can I improve employee health and satisfaction?

The measures taken must reflect your company structures. The main factors affecting employee health, satisfaction and performance are communication, appreciation and a sense of involvement. Communication builds trust, expressing appreciation is essential for maintaining motivation, while having opportunities to shape the process creates a sense of identification with the company.

Many of our existing employees are ageing – it is hard to find new skilled workers. How can we resolve the problem?

You can start by analysing the current age distribution within your company. The analysis will help you to identify the demographic changes that your company needs to tackle. We will then discuss measures that could be used to resolve the problem effectively in a strategy workshop. Once the measures have been implemented, we will sit down with you to assess the results and the impact on age distribution within your company.

One of our employees has been acting strangely recently – and keeps causing conflict within the team. What should I do?

It is important to be confident when dealing with people in this kind of situation. Leaders Care – our free online training tool – uses a role-playing approach to explain how psychological issues and mental disorders affect individuals and the consequences they can have. You will learn how to identify early warning signs and learn more about how problems typically develop in the workplace. In addition, the Helsana tool is a fun way to explore potential intervention measures that you could use in your specific situation. We also offer one-to-one training for company managers. The managers build confidence, allowing them to discuss sensitive issues with employees.

We already do a lot to promote employee health and wellbeing. Where does that put us in terms of occupational health management?

In order to assess the current occupational health management within your company, a Helsana health manager will organise a workshop for senior managers. We use specialist methods to give you an overview of all the health-related issues relevant to your company. Together, we will discuss where you could further improve occupational health in your company. We then provide ongoing support as you roll out suitable measures.

How does occupational health management work?

Helsana will support you as you roll out occupational health management measures and throughout the following phases:

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The phases shown above constitute a full cycle. Measures and targets should then be reviewed regularly, and the measures adjusted accordingly. You can discuss a suitable internal review rhythm with your health manager and which refresher courses would work.

Sometimes small changes make a big difference: adjusting workflows, changing the way the team works together or using certain tools. What you can expect:

  • Satisfied and motivated employees
  • Quality and productivity improve because employees are highly motivated
  • Lower absence rates and reduced staff turnover

With occupational health management, you will continue to enjoy the benefits once you have completed a project with Helsana. With suitable "maintenance" activities, the measures will have a lasting effect. The health culture created will remain part of your company, becoming an integral part of daily activities and decision-making.

Who is responsible for making occupational health management effective?

Your decision-makers and HR managers will decide what steps to implement in consultation with Helsana. However, the best possible occupational health management requires commitment from everyone in the company, from the senior management to individual employees.

Your senior management

The senior management team and HR managers must be involved throughout the process. You need a clear vision, combined with precision and transparency when implementing the process. You should also define your expectations clearly at the outset. Naturally, the senior management must provide adequate staffing and financial resources in order for your occupational health management to be effective in the long term.

Our Helsana health managers

Our health managers will support you through every step of implementing occupational health management. They will work with you to devise projects, run workshops for employees and managers, and are the go-to person for all your questions about health in the workplace.

Your managers

As the interface between senior management and employees, your managers have a key role to play in the successful rollout of occupational health management. They should be involved in the process from the outset and maintain close contact with the Helsana health managers.

Your employees

Your occupational health management programme will only work if your employees support the process and accept the measures implemented. So it is essential that your build their experiences and expectations into the proposed project.

Healthy employees will ensure that your company thrives.

We will provide a no-obligation on-site consultation and discuss your personal situation.

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