Enterprises [...] also have the obligation to provide […] for their employees, not to mention all such measures [...] ultimately also serve to improve job satisfaction and their ability to perform.Carl Friedrich von Siemens
Our health services go far beyond what is required by law because we see investments in the health and well-being of our employees as investment in the future. Not only do we fulfill our social responsibility as an employer, we also support our employees in maintaining their best-possible ability to perform throughout their working life, thereby ensuring the long-term competitiveness of our company.
Both the working world and employee expectations have changed rapidly in the last years, presenting companies and employees with a steady flow of new challenges. Globalization and digitalization change the way we work, demanding greater mobility and flexibility; work is becoming increasingly complex; and demographic change has an impact on the structure of the workforce. In response to the changing world of work, Siemens built upon the traditional approach to health to develop a systematic approach that actively manages health as a resource.
Our employees are our most valuable assets. Their health and safety are our first and foremost priority.Janina Kugel, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG
The protection from psychosocial risks is as much a part of health management as the protection from health risks, such as noise or physical stress factors. Psychosocial risk management therefore is vital in ensuring employees stay healthy and capable. By adding questions about health and psychosocial well-being to our employee survey, we have taken the first step towards identifying, assessing and – when necessary – eliminating psychosocial factors in the workplace.
It is just as important to strengthen the individual resilience of employees and executives in coping with stress and psychosocial workload. This is where our Life in Balance program comes in. Thanks to its modular structure, countries can adapt the program to meet their specific requirements. Each country can compile its own "Life in Balance" road map to help employees deal with stress more effectively.
It is still difficult for many employees to report a mental illness to their employer. Experts estimate that around 70% of those affected are not seeking help – for fear of stigmatisation. We at Siemens have therefore decided to make mental health a topic and to promote an open approach to mental illness in the workplace.
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