Only employees who are healthy and feel well can fully perform their services. Especially for us, as a company in the outdoor sports industry, there is no doubt that we must find and promote an appropriate way to offset desk work.
Our health management system focuses on prevention and our employees’ active involvement in their own health.
Our idyllic setting makes fitness inviting
Our fitness programm is carried out out of doors as often as possible. The scenery plays a motivating part.
Since 2014, we have been working tirelessly on the establishment of a resource-oriented Occupational Health Management system based on self-determination and self-efficacy.
We have been able to rely on the advice of various external partners, some of whom continue to support us to this day as needed.
The coordination, monitoring and evaluation of our health measures is carried out by a company health management team consisting of employees and managers from several VAUDE divisions. There is an important point of intersection with occupational safety. We are working relentlessly and successfully on the coordinated management of our Auszeit program, occupational safety and our company physician. In addition, our Human Resources and Organization department is deeply involved in the conception and support of health-promoting measures and is responsible, for example, for the professional care and support of employees with physical or mental issues. In addition, our Human Resources and Organization department is deeply involved in the conception and monitoring of health-promoting measures and, at times, provides intensive, personalized advice and support of employees with physical or mental issues.
In 2019, the following measures were implemented:
Time and again, selective activities with professional instructors from our network or from our own employees, such as running courses, cross-country trial trainings, swimming courses, crossfit, salsa fitness and blackroll workshops or similar, our portfolio and enrich our Auszeit program.
Lunch break fitness
Functional training, fitness or recreation: everybody can profit from our health programm.
Since 2015 we have been working in our modernized, particularly health-promoting company headquarters. This has provided us with a health-enhancing framework:
See "Bike commuting"
Biking to work
Despite our hilly surroundings, many colleagues commute to work by bike.
Our illness rate* (= all absences caused by illness, including accidents at work or work-related illnesses) was 4.9 % in 2019.
On average, we recorded 12.9 sick days per employee** in 2019. The national average is 15.4 days (survey by the Techniker Krankenkasse).
We apply an extremely strict calculation for absenteeism. Unlike most other statistics, we count every day of absence and not the third consecutive day. We will continue to try to reduce our absentee rate. In doing so, we will rely on the measures described above within the framework of occupational health management and occupational safety program.
The findings of our employee survey "VAUDE Employee Barometer" in particular are helping us to identify and address the most important needs in terms of prevention. A current focus is on early and professional support, e.g. from our personnel department and our company physician, in the event of individual crises, Occupational Safety.
*Calculation: Number of sickness-related absence days/number of planned working days)*100; planned working days = (52*5 = 260) * average number of employees
**Calculation: sick days 2019 / average number of employees; in figures: 7064.50 / 547.33