Corporate Health Management - BVMW Meeting at Heinrich Huhn

"BVMW meeting for medium sized businesses" was held at the premises of Heinrich Huhn on Wednesday, 10.04.2013.

 

"Shortage of specialists will be more and more noticeable in future for medium sized businesses, as less employees effectively complete their tasks, many employees are attracted by large enterprises and good workers are enticed away by the headhunters", says Rainer Jung, a Regional Director of the German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW) in his speech to welcome "BVMW meeting for medium sized businesses“ at the premises of Heinrich Huhn GmbH in Drolshagen. As a vision for the enterprises, there is a motto to be followed by all: ""Staying fit and growing old together.""

This refers to everyone, including chief and all employees, and should ensure continuous collaboration with good motivation and performance.



On the topic of the evening: ""Corporate Health Management - what will prevail: Costs or benefits?“ goes into detail Rüdiger Stöcker, Health Manager of Symbicon, Wetzlar, after the opening speech of Bernd Schneider, Chief Technical Sales at Heinrich Huhn.



Introduction of the "Corporate Health Management" (BGM) is needed due to the demographic changes, lack of specialists, ageing workforce

As a vision for the enterprises, there is a motto to be followed by all: "Staying fit and growing old together."

This refers to everyone, including chief and all employees, and should ensure continuous collaboration with good motivation and performance.



On the topic of the evening:

"Corporate Health Management - what will prevail:

Costs or benefits?“ goes into detail Rüdiger Stöcker, Health Manager of Symbicon, Wetzlar, after the opening speech of Bernd Schneider, Chief Technical Sales at Heinrich Huhn.



Introduction of the "Corporate Health Management" (BGM) is needed due to the demographic changes, lack of specialists, ageing workforce, growing stress and consequential increase of disability.

Eventually this leads to increase of medical expenses and downtime costs.

The Federal Statistical Office estimates health expenses of the enterprises in 2009 at EUR 129 billion, and the shortfall in value added in the same year even at EUR 225 billion.



Stöcker believes that it is essential to evaluate the sick days at the enterprise, analyse the actual state and stress level at workplaces, and provide advise regarding possibilities before implementation of BGM.

Individual measures such as "sometimes a back training course, a discount in the fitness studio, a talk or a healthcare day without follow-up offers" make little sense.

Offers for employees should be also something more than just image-building activities.

Experts define Corporate Health Management as "a planned organisation, management and arrangement of operational processes aimed at preservation and support of the workability of the employees."



The following divisions are involved within an enterprise:

project management, health working group, personnel department, workers' council, managerial staff, and outside: occupational medicine, health centres, health insurance funds and a network of external service providers.

The action fields of the health promotion/prevention of the holistic corporate health management include occupational safety, absence and integration management, employee participation, organisation and personal development.

After the strategic goals are clearly defined, the BGM shall be aligned thereto, considered holistically and practised with focus on work groups as a preventive and corrective means.



To achieve success, a maximum number of employees are to be "taken along" to allow them the use of the company offer as well.

For this purpose, it should be suitable for everyday use and include a combination of condition- and behaviour-oriented measures.

Finally, the enterprise should be able to fund it.

Company offers are supported by health insurance funds and the state by means of (partial) tax exemption.

As experience has shown, continues Rüdiger Stöcker, the costs caused by absences are reduced by up to 50 per cent, while improved work climate results in higher motivation.

Each Euro invested in the health of employees (depending on the function of the employee) brings back between 2.3 and 5.9.

(Article source:

Altenkirchen district web newspaper AK-Kurier
www.ak-kurier.de/akkurier/www/artikel/21317-betriebliches-gesundheitsmanagement--mehr-nutzen-als-kosten)

In the image: from left to right: Rüdiger Stöcker, symbicon, Annette Sträter, Heinrich Huhn GmbH, Rainer Jung, BVMW Südwestfalen/LDK-Nord, Westerwald and Bernd Schneider, authorised representative of the Heinrich Huhn GmbH.