What do you do if an employee is absent due to burnout or comes to work but constantly complains about back pain? From preventive health services to support during sickness, AXA offers solutions designed to improve the health of your staff, making your company easier to run day to day and ultimately more successful.
The term "employee health" is closely linked to corporate health management (CHM). CHM is the systematic optimization of relevant factors for health at work. By adapting structures and processes at work, CHM creates an environment that favors your workers' health, thereby contributing to the company's success.
Health Promotion Switzerland divides CHM into three pillars:
Effective CHM combines all of the mandatory (first pillar) and voluntary (second and third pillars) measures to make staff healthier and safer at work.
Employee health has a crucial impact on the success of your business. Healthy employees are likely to be happier and more motivated and deliver better performance. Better health, be it physical or mental, fosters a good working environment and makes you a more attractive employer. Healthy employees also minimize absences and the resulting costs. This means that, on average, every franc invested in corporate health management is paid back three times over.
The latest figures show (in German) that Swiss employees are subject to psychological stress in their everyday working lives.
The cost of stress in at work is often underestimated. Those affected may develop depression and other psychological symptoms, which can make them less productive and even cause them to be off work for a long time. Both absences and presenteeism (working despite illness) create high costs for companies (around CHF 600 to CHF 1,000 a day).
The consequences of psychological stress can include lower productivity, a higher risk of accidents, and higher staff turnover. The latter forces a company to put more effort – and thus also more money – into recruitment and can cause it to lose customers. At the same time, absences place a strain on team structures and therefore other employees.
Ms. Meier no longer goes to the canteen or gets coffee with her co-workers. Mr. Müller often sits at his desk staring into space for minutes on end. Many line managers and other employees notice when colleagues are psychologically distressed.
Signs can include changes in behavior and appearance – for example if, over a period of weeks, an employee...
If this is the case, you should act immediately. The sooner you step in to relieve the pressure, the greater the chance that the employee won't have to take sick leave. This checklist shows you how to talk to an employee about his or her mental wellbeing and options to alleviate stress.
Are your staff complaining of back pain, or has a stack of waste paper in your office turned into a dangerous trip hazard? Many complaints and accidents are caused by everyday situations that seem harmless at first glance. Learn how to safeguard against these through workplace ergonomics and successful accident prevention.
If an employee takes long-term sick leave, AXA offers professional help through care and case managers. A quick response is needed here. As time goes on, it becomes increasingly unlikely that the person will be able to return to work and stay for the long term.
Our specialists contact the sick person and support him or her in the process. The aim is to work out a solution together that minimizes the time off work and avoids further absences. A person who is unfit for work should be reintroduced into the work process as quickly as possible and on a sustainable basis. This not only helps employers, early reintegration into the workplace often improves employees' mental wellbeing as well.
With WeCare, AXA has developed an offering dedicated entirely to employee health in your company. WeCare offers employers personal support in all matters concerning the health of their employees, from occupational health advice to the introduction of prevention measures and support for absent employees.
With WeCare, you know that the health of your staff is always in good hands.