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Title: Wellbeing in the Workplace

Wellbeing in the Workplace
Presented by Virginie Delwart Manager for
Corporate Social Responsibility Europe and the
Middle East
Toolbox Tuesdays and Thursdays
On the 4th of December 2008 CSR Europe launched
20 CSR Tools which were the compilation of 18
months of work by CSR Europe, its Members and
Partners and the European Alliance for CSR
through the CSR Laboratories. CSR Laboratories
are action oriented projects with the objective
of bringing together business practitioners and
stakeholders to share experiences and expertise
to address key socio-economic challenges. CSR
Europe has now launched Toolbox Tuesdays and
Thursdays as a new service to its Members and
National Partner Organizations. The purpose of
these conference calls is to give CSR Europe
Members and NPOs a light informal training on
the individual CSR Tools launched as part of CSR
Europe's Toolbox in December 2008.
Wellbeing in the Workplace
Employment costs related to mental health
disorders in the EU were approximately 132
billion in 2004
The WHO estimates that by 2020, depression will
become the greatest cause of work-related
disability, second only to heart disease.
Many businesses struggle to overcome
wellbeing-related concerns and the costs of not
doing so are surprisingly large. This Laboratory
was launched to support companies in addressing
the essential aspects of a wellbeing promotion
the Tool (http//www.csreurope.org/data/files/to
  • Eleven straight-forward and practical tips for
    implementing a successful wellbeing strategy in
    any company, which can be used by human resource,
    health and safety and/or CSR managers
  • Detailed analysis of the three elements of
    addressing mental health and wellbeing
    Prevention Identification Support and
  • A collection of best practice examples to
    support the suggestions and recommendations of
    the Guidebook
  • Read about this tool at www.csreurope.org/toolbox

Is Wellbeing at Work Important?
YES, it is! But Why?
  • Absenteeism
  • Staff turnover,
  • Productivity
  • and Staff Satisfaction

wellbeing-related concerns that most businesses
today struggle to overcome
  • And the costs of not doing so are surprisingly
  • Consensus Paper on Mental Health at Work by the
    European Commission, employment costs related to
  • health disorders in the in 2004

Yes, It is important
  • 62 of the European employees work to tight
  • 60 work at high speeds , compared to 19 of
    those surveyed in 1990
  • 28 of the European workforce admits to suffering
    from non-accidental health problems
  • 35 on average feel that their job puts their
    health at risk

The 4th European Survey on Working Conditions
(2007) shows that
And Poor Health also leads to
  • Reduced Employee Productivity and Business
  • Lower efficiency for employees experiencing
    stress, chronic disease, or other
    productivitydecreasing factors
  • Reduced motivation, mental health and physical

With Consequences for Businesses
  • 30 times more lost days than industrial disputes
  • 23 times Higher Financial Cost of depression and
    absenteeism than of effective treatments and
    preventative measures
  • An average of 30.9 working days lost for each
    case of stress- related poor health

Huge Burden and a Loss for both Employees and
  • A Positive Employee Wellbeing and Wellbeing at
    Work Strategy
  • Can significantly improve the internal welfare
    of an organization
  • Enhance Productivity
  • And ultimately costs less for companies
  • ? In the Best Interest of Companies Employees

The Wellbeing in the Workplace CSR Laboratory
? Brought Companies together - to understand,
share and identify Best Practices - to
facilitate an understanding of managerial
performances, as well as highlight supporting
Tools and Techniques
Wellbeing in the Workplace Guide
Best Practices collected from various companies
Tips for Implementing a Successful Wellbeing
A thorough List of References
3 Components
Wellbeing in the Workplace Guide
Tips for Implementing a Successful Wellbeing
Strategy ? Applicable for all organizations ?
Might need to be adjusted depending on the
organizations size, resource availability and
e.g. Ensure top-level management understanding,
endorsement and engagement in the establishment
of a global wellbeing strategy Mainstream
wellbeing in daily business operations by making
it cross-departmental and operational (e.g. move
beyond HR/Health Safety and incorporate within
site objectives and business plan) Implement the
global wellbeing policy locally by addressing the
needs of the employees and respecting the country
culture and legislation
Wellbeing in the Workplace Guide
  • Best Practices collected from various companies
  • Prevention the workplace is in a unique position
    to develop and deploy health programs that can
    focus on the prevention of ill health
  • Identification Support includes best practices
    addressing issues such as early detection of
    visual and endocrine pathology and providing
    support in areas such as tobacco cessation
  • Reintegration has proved to be the most
    challenging, and warrants more exploration in the
    future - strongly regulated

Reintegration e.g.- Janssen Pharmaceutica
Belgium When prevention fails reintegration
into the workplace after an extended period of
absence due to ill health
Identification and Support e.g.- France Telecom
Group (Orange Slovakia) Wellbeing for Employees
and their Family - Johnson Johnson Deployment
of the Global Tobacco Free Workplace Policy -
Solvay Regional/Local Approach to Wellbeing
Management - Accor (Accor Services) Wellbeing
Prevention e.g.- France Telecom Group (Orange
Spain) Visual Health Plan Endocrinological
Health Plan - Janssen Pharmaceutica Belgium
Credo Action Plan--- Better Balance Better
Business - BASF SE Trim down the Pounds Losing
Weight without losing your Mind
Wellbeing in the Workplace Guide
  • A thorough List of References
  • A list of resources on wellbeing theories,
    studies, cases and best practices
  • ? meant to showcase the range of issues, cases
    and approaches, which can be used to further
    understanding and appreciation

e.g. European Commission- DG Health and
Consumer EU Pact on Mental Health
yle/mental/docs/pact_en.pdf  Signed on the 13th
of June, the EU Pact on Mental Health demonstrate
the European Commissions commitment to tackling
the issue of Poor-mental health in all aspects of
Europeans lives
How can this guide help companies?
  • To increase awareness within the corporation
  • Benchmark its own activities with others
  • Engage Management
  • Provide a thorough list of Solution Champions
    within companies

In March 2009, Solvay worldwide will distribute
the guide "Wellbeing in the Workplace" within 
Solvay worldwide to the network of Health, Safety
and Environment, Human Resources and business
representatives to disseminate best practices and
foster local approaches on sites.
The Wellbeing in the Workplace CSR Laboratory
FOCUS Wellbeing of the aging employees
  • The laboratory on Wellbeing at Work aims
  • to help companies to identify issues associated
    with the aging workforce
  • to help them identify the specific needs they
    have to take into account
  • and the actions required to adapt their current
    wellbeing strategy to confront upcoming

June 2nd 2009, Web Meeting ? How are companies
addressing those specific needs within the
existing wellbeing strategies?
MARCH 5th 2009, at SOLVAY in Brussels ?
Identification of the special needs of older
December 3rd, Conf Call Working Session on
Deliverables Position paper Case document on
the ideal wellbeing strategy in 2020 Case
studies How to adapt the current corporate
strategies to the older employees by integrating
their specific needs
  • September 8th 2009, face to face meeting
  • How to adapt the current strategies by
    integrating the specific needs of older employees?

THANK YOU Contact Details Virginie Delwart 32
2 749 25 92 Vdelwart_at_its.jnj.com
European Toolbox Roadshow
From February 2009-January 2010, CSR Europe will
be coordinating in cooperation with National
Partners, national sessions in various geographic
areas in Europe as part of a wider European
Toolbox Road show. The objective is to further
disseminate the laboratory tools, as well as to
equip companies and stakeholders participating in
national sessions with relevant, useful and
practical CSR tools. Further Information
.Wellbeing at Work Tool
The Wellbeing at Work Tool will be presented at
the following National Sessions Czech
Republic Ireland Germany Luxembourg
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