When companies invest in the health of their employees, it has a positive impact on the whole company. After all, healthy employees are more motivated and happier to come to work. That’s why fresh fruit, exercise and ergonomically friendly office setups (including for remote workers) are standard practice at Unite. In addition, the company has had a dedicated Workplace Health Team to look after its employees’ health since 2016.
“We support our employees preventatively by helping them learn more about their own health,” says Heike Eichler. She’s been part of Unite’s Workplace Health Team since its founding days back in 2016. Heike is fully aware that health measures improve employees’ quality of life, (job) satisfaction and work-life balance. She and her 5 colleagues, who make up the Unite Workplace Health Team, organise things like skin screenings, vaccinations and workshops.
Regular health campaigns get people in the mood to move. The team prepares all kinds of exercise-related activities, health checks and preventative measures for better circulation and improved heart health. They also do ‘ergonomics guide’ trainings so employees can learn about better ergonomics at the workplace and help their colleagues to get the most out of theirs as well.
What are the benefits of having an in-house Workplace Health Team?
When it comes to health and safety at the workplace, we at Unite go one step further than legally required. In Germany, occupational health and safety and integration management are mandatory. But promoting health and wellness is something we do voluntarily. Connecting all 3 pillars of occupational health management proves to be a successful strategy for businesses.
Each year, a different health-related topic takes centre stage. This year, for example, is all about mental health. In previous years, the topics ranged from back health and workplace ergonomics to mindfulness. There are also challenges that Unite employees enjoy doing, such as hitting a certain step count or snapping pictures of their health or fitness-related milestones. “These company-internal competitions motivate our colleagues to exercise more, either as a team or by themselves.”
Along with other partners, the German health insurance company Barmer supports our Workplace Health Team in all their endeavours.
Our work has become more and more professional over the years. By joining forces with our HR and Organisational Development departments, we’re able to continuously improve our health offerings for our colleagues.
Open to new ideasThe Workplace Health Team always stays on top of new trends, policies or ideas. Germany-wide occupational health events are a great opportunity to connect with other companies and gather inspiration for new ideas. Hybrid work is a fairly new challenge that the team is dealing with: how does an office building’s meaning change when people are no longer using it every day? And how can employees who work from home and abroad benefit from our health and wellness offers?
But not to worry – the Workplace Health Team isn’t running out of ideas anytime soon. One step is raising awareness among managers to help create a healthy leadership. Managers act as multipliers. As such, they have a large responsibility for their teams’ health. Organising a team sports day, for example, could become an integral part of this healthy leadership style. “We all know that exercise is more fun as part of a team. It brings everyone closer, plus, it’s healthy,” says Heike Eichler.
Unite wins Healthcare Award for its exemplary occupational health management
We received the Barmer Healthcare Award for the 4th time in a row, honouring our measures towards promoting health and wellness in the workplace. The award is given to companies across Germany that go the extra mile to support their employees’ health. Unite is one of 5 out of 200 companies in Saxony to have won this award.