Occupational health management (OHM)

The name says it all: with occupational health management, you organise your operational structures and processes in a way that promotes good health. This allows you to enhance the motivation, performance and satisfaction of your team, while also reducing sick leave and staff turnover. And that can only be a good thing for your business and your employees.


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Does this sound familiar?

  • «How can I motivate my employees in their work?»
  • «Why are my employees absent from work so often?»
  • «Why do my employees come and go so much?»
  • «How can I reduce the high turnover rate?»
  • «How high are the absentee costs when my employees are sick?»

Helsana Business Health, the occupational health management division at Helsana, can help you answer these staff-related questions and more.

Benefits for your company

  • Productivity and stability in the team is increased thanks to fewer absences.
  • A better office climate encourages commitment and identification with the company.
  • A shared understanding of good health improves your company’s unique health culture.
  • Free online tools make occupational health management easier for you.
  • We provide a no-obligation on-site or virtual consultation and discuss your personal situation.

How does occupational health management work?

Your highly experienced personal health manager will be happy to answer any questions you may have about occupational health management. Occupational health management starts with the realisation that something needs to change.
Graph showing occupational health management processes
  1. A comprehensive assessment provides you with a general overview of the current situation in your company. For example: are there any absence hotspots involving certain people and dates? Why might that be happening?
  2. Building on this, you then work with your health manager to define suitable measures to enhance your employees’ health and wellbeing.
  3. Your health manager trains and equips both managers and employees to deal with the topics of work and health.
  4. The measures implemented are jointly assessed as part of the project evaluation at the end and possibilities for optimisation and further development are identified.

When can occupational health management be effective?

Use StayEngaged, our employee survey tool, to find out how your employees are doing and where you can step in. Based on the results, your health manager will work with your employees to define a set of measures aimed at improving the situation in your organisation.

Would you like to offer your management team targeted support? Workshops train management on what they need to look out for when communicating with their employees and how to detect the signs of stress or unease and offer individual support. Your health manager can also provide training and raise awareness among employees and support them, for example by offering everyday tips on how to feel better when working from home.

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First start by using the StayEngaged questionnaire tool to find out whether your employees are happy with their current work situation. We will then discuss the survey findings and put together 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.

One key factor in absence management is defining a standard company-wide process for dealing with absences. The free Sunetplus software will help you achieve systematic absence management. If you are experiencing too many short-term absences, you need to introduce suitable measures. Our health managers train your managers on how to hold discussions. They will explain the various ways you can recognise the early warning signs of pressure and how to deal with it so that employees can avoid absences. Once the measures have been implemented, we will evaluate the results together with you.


Your success is dependent on working with motivated and committed employees. At our workshops, 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. Our health managers will help you plan your next steps.

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.

Unusual behaviour among employees could be the first signs of illness. Take these signs seriously and start a discussion with the employee in question. By deciding together on measures that can bring relief, you can alleviate the situation and prevent potential absences. 

We will also support you in your such situations. Together we can define company-specific standards and empower your managers in the matter of early detection. We will train your company managers on how to deal with employees in a confident and tactful manner with regard to sensitive topics. Helsana’s Preventive Case Management (PCM) will provide you with the support you need to deal with stressed employees before they become unable to work. 

Preventive Case 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.

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, from senior management to individual employees.

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 health managers will assist you in implementing your own occupational health management. Together with you they will develop projects and lead workshops with your employees and management staff. They also serve as your personal contact for any questions you have regarding occupational health issues at your company.

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 our health managers.

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.

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