Only employees who are healthy and feel well can fully perform their services. As an outdoor brand, VAUDE wants to create appropriate compensation for deskwork, and this applies to all employees.
Our health management system focuses on prevention and our employees’ active involvement in their own health.
At VAUDE, we aim to pursue a holistic health management approach, including healthy food, prevention, exercise and sports, as well as office equipment based on ergonomic principles.
Since 2014, we have been working on the establishment of a resource-oriented Occupational Health Management system based on self-determination and self-efficacy.
We are supported by Stefanie Raaf from EmBODI in the field of occupational health management. A standardized reporting system based on quantitative and qualitative characteristic figures is being developed to help us specifically manage our Occupational Health Management system.
The following measures were implemented in 2015:
Integrating the Occupational Health Management system into the management system is of central importance to directing further interventions and makes the system measurable and lasting for VAUDE.
Since 2015, company buildings have appeared in new splendor. After three years of remodeling, a whole new array of health-relevant updates has been made available.
More about it Future-oriented Work Environment
Organic food, naturally
There are already organic meals available at Café VAUDE. In the new cafeteria menus will also consist of organic ingredients.
VAUDE has long provided intensive support of the issue of bike commuting with eight E-bikes, decentralized showers, sheltered bike parking, Jobrad and more. See Commuting
Biking to work
Despite our hilly surroundings, many colleagues ride a bike to work.
In addition, the VAUDE Academy program normally offers ten to 15 sports and/or outdoor events per year, aimed at both beginners and advanced participants. Our employees can, for example, choose between mountain bike training and climbing courses, snowshoeing and trekking tours.
VAUDE promotes sports activities. Events for beginners and advanced are offered at the VAUDE Academy.
We offer swimming classes on an as-needed basis at our outdoor pool or encourage our employees to participate in a weekly yoga class that’s free of charge.
Overtime and how to avoid it is also an issue at VAUDE. In order to act preventively against the accumulation of overtime, we follow an approach that is not just focused on employees’ presence at work but that includes goal achievement. See Culture of Trust
Our absenteeism** (= all absences caused by illness, including accidents at work or occupational illnesses) was 6.65% in 2015. Thus absenteeism rose slightly compared to 2014. (absence ratio 2014: 5.57%).
Therefore, we did not achieve our goal of lowering absenteeism. Nevertheless, with 11.47 sick days per employee, we are still significantly under the national average of 15.4 days. (For data of the Techniker Krankenkasse see http://www.tk.de/tk/grafiken/gesundheitsreport/fehlzeiten/215980).
Added to this is the fact that we use an extremely strict computation for absenteeism. In contrast to most other statistics, we count every absentee day and not only after the third day in a row.
We will continue to try to lower our illness absenteeism rate. For this we rely on the above described measures in our company health management programs and the issue of company safety (see Company Safety).
*Calculation: Sick days 2015/full time employees * working days 2015 (without holidays=30, without national holidays =9)) in figures: 5.625/(383*221) = 6.65%
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