Health Management at Bertelsmann

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 (company health insurance).

In 2013, Bertelsmann further developed its health management system and launched it as an independent unit within the Group HR department. The “Bertelsmann Health Management” department is responsible for the Group's health strategy across Germany and coordinates nationwide health activities. The "Health Community," consisting of health experts, the chairs of the Group Works Councils and Group Representative Councils for People with Disabilities, as well as human resources managers, serves as a platform for networking and development across divisions. "Health Management Consulting" was additionally introduced in 2018 as a project to support and advise Group companies in putting health management into practice.

Health – Fast Read

What do we mean?

By health, we no longer mean merely the absence of disease, but a complex system of requirements, physical, psychological and social resources, ability to cope, and a person’s own aims and objectives.

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More information about health management at Bertelsmann can be found here  (German website).