RTL Nord has health on the screen
As part of a pilot project at RTL Nord, an integrated health management system was introduced. We interviewed the people responsible for implementation on their experience.
You’re looking to implement a health promoting culture successfully and sustainably into your business? Proceed systematically using a five-step management cycle. Note: Following the steps in their consecutive order is highly recommended.
First of all, the topic of health must be structurally integrated into the company. Form an effective working group, appoint health ambassadors and clarify potential cooperation with internal and external partners. You can also include health as part of your corporate mission statement or in your leadership principles. All this supports awareness raising on the topic and stimulating a health-promoting corporate culture.
Create the basis for a targeted approach and analyze the current situation as your second step. Important information on the causes of many problems can be found in Employee Surveys or Psychological Risk Assessments. Employee interviews also provide valuable information (e.g. Performance and Development Dialogues, team and reintegration interviews). In addition, you can use a number of other key figures, such as age structure, fluctuation, absenteeism, accidents at work, productivity or participation figures in existing health services, resources and programming. It is often advisable to refer to existing reports (e.g. from health insurance companies, company physician, social counseling or occupational safety) and compare the figures with other industries or other departments. After the key figures have been prepared and possible anomalies identified, you can begin to derive your fields of action.
Once the current situation has been analyzed and the fields of action identified, it is time for step three: set priorities, derive measures and start concrete planning. The following questions can assist you.
In the fourth step, your planning can be put into practice. The success of your measures will increase if employees are informed about the goal and its benefits: What do you want to achieve? Use every available opportunity to draw attention to your actions and their intended purpose. At this stage, it is important that you keep an eye on the milestones and adjust goals if necessary. If the measures are more extensive and long-term, you should write interim reports in order to make course corrections if necessary.
The fifth step, the evaluation process, is used to assess the effects of the implemented measures and comparing them with the original purpose and its stated goals. It is important not only to evaluate the achievement of objectives, but the process itself to derive your insights. Ideally, the analysis of step 2 should be repeated to obtain a before/after comparison. It is then a good point for decisions to be made on continuing existing measures or making changes to them. Raise awareness on your success and complete reporting. Optimally, step 5 should be followed with the stocktaking of step 1 for subsequent projects.
Would you like to learn more about our health management strategy? You can get Bertelsmann specific information on our vision, Minimum Health Standards and committees here.