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22 November 2010
Netherlands: employees are highly satisfied
This number will surely make people jealous across Europe: no less than 78% of Dutch people say they are happy with their current job, and 65% of them say they “keep an eye out” for job offers in case of a shift in position.  Despite this sign of good social health, it’s not all roses in the polder...
11 November 2010
Denmark: businesses increasingly use an email policy
Key vehicle blurring the line between private and professional life, with 20% of employees that can’t help write or read work emails at home and 22% that “always or often” check their email on weekends, work email is an increasing stress factor, not only for these “inbox slaves” but also for the...
30 June 2010
Corporate practices: Nordea Finans, the first bank to get the Swedish health label
Give workplaces health certifications. The idea of giving businesses health certifications dates back to 2003 and came from the leader of SEKO (sectoral union in services and communication), Janne Rudén. She pointed out that businesses’ only priorities were economic, notably with stock exchange prices as their main concern. She notably said that clear and sensible rules already existed in terms of working environment but that employers failed to comply with them. Therefore, since there were environmental...
15 March 2010
Corporate practices: AstraZeneca’s policy for preventing illnesses and accidents banks on one-on-one coaching
The company’s motives. The department in charge of production for AstraZeneca in Sweden was worried about the increased number of accidents and occupational diseases on the sites. The problem was even trickier since the quest for productivity gains, which had become necessary because of Asian competition, was another potential risk. In 2004, the group decided to implement a policy based on its new program, called SHE (safety, health and environment). The goal was to cut the number of accidents by half and...
10 March 2010
Corporate practices: Pekkaniska, large Finnish lifting company, is paying employees to improve their health
Unions view the implementation of policies aimed to significantly improve quality of life at work as a necessary requirement for a possible agreement on the extension of careers. However, even though employees’ organizations insist that it is urgent to decrease stress at work (unsecure jobs, pressure…) and to change work itself to make it more pleasant, few concrete actions have been carried out. However, there are more and more programs destined to increase employees’ capacity to manage stress with a better...
11 December 2008
Corporate Practices: Deutsche Post awarded for its health management system
Already praised several times by economic newspapers, Deutsche Post World Net’s corporate health management program received, on December 2, a new award – the “German Corporate Health Award.” It was awarded by the German federal association of company health insurance funds (BKK Bundesverband) and the European Commission. The jury honored the internal “health toolbox” which lists measures for the promotion of corporate health which already proved successful within the group....
3 June 2008
Lafarge: safety month in all the sites of the group
The French group Lafarge (90.000 employees), world leader in construction materials, will organize, in June, a “safety month” in 76 countries where the group is present. At every site, “one or more days will be devoted to safety awareness programs and training, for the Group’s employees, as well as their families, subcontractors and local communities.” (Ref. 080457)
9 March 2007
Arcelor-Mittal: the group is federating around health and security at work values
Arcelor Mittal organized, on March 6, its international day devoted to health and security at work. Identified by Arcelor and Mittal as a common value, this question appeared as a good gathering platform on the occasion of the fusion. For the former Arcelor, it is the second edition of a day which intends to become annual. (Ref. 070217)
16 January 2006
World company means paradise.
Big companies are workers’ paradise. More a company is big, internationalized, faces competition and is successful, more its employees find the right balance between private life and professional life. This is the conclusion of a study released by the London School of Economics, which examined 700 companies in Great Britain, France, Germany and the United States. (Ref 0635)