Lorena Israel Findley
Director Health Management
New forms of work organization, new digital technologies, accelerated workflows, increasing complexity, heavier workloads and a constantly increasing international pressure to compete have an impact on the health of employees. On top of these changes in working conditions, there is demographic change, which is accompanied by such factors as an aging workforce. As the retirement age rises, employees work longer, and are faced with increasingly complex demands in their jobs.
In addition to economic and social changes, a changing spectrum of illnesses also plays a role in many countries. Whereas infectious diseases were more prevalent in the past, now there is a predominance of chronic diseases, most of which are due to changed living conditions. A significant increase in mental health disorders can also be observed.
Bertelsmann actively tackles these challenges at an early stage and has been committed to the health of its staff for many years. Important components of health management include the long-established departments of Sports and Health, Company Medical Services, and Bertelsmann BKK (business health insurance), all of which have now been merged into the BeFit initiative
In 2013, besides the establishment of the Bertelsmann Health Community, the health management system was further developed and launched as an independent department within the Group HR department. Its focus is on the interdisciplinary nature of the subject.
Today, chronic ailments prevail and mental disorders are on the increase. Bertelsmann meets these challenges by developing and expanding a health management scheme that systematically integrates health into the work processes. Executives serve as role models and can influence the conditions. And each employee also bears responsibility for his or her own health.
The Bertelsmann Health Management unit is responsible for the Germany-wide health strategy and coordinates health-related activities in Germany. The Health Community, composed of health experts from all the divisions, works council chairs, supervisory board members, HR officers and the representative body for employees with disabilities, is meant to serve as a network to facilitate the implementation of uniform standards across all sites. The medium-term goal is to internationalize the Group’s health management.
More information about health management at Bertelsmann can be found here (German website).
How does occupational health management work? And what are the critical success factors? A visit at the Bertelsmann Health Department gives insights into preconditions and opportunities of a healthy work environment.