Exercising, keeping fit, staying healthy as you age – modern lifestyle goals pursued by many. Another buzzword related to this lifestyle is work-life balance. But how can you maintain this balance if your job makes it impossible to stay healthy? If stress and physical as well as emotional distress cripple employees? Finding a balance and compensate for these aspects in your leisure time is often barely possible.
This is where occupational health management comes in. Its goal is to protect all employees and ultimately keep a company "healthy". However, one look at companies reveals that it is often not being implemented. This is bad for all parties involved. MEDICA spoke with Dr. Elke Ahlers and found out why this is the case and how things can be changed.
Dr. Ahlers, occupational health management is a buzzword known by many in senior management. But do companies actually put it into practice?
Elke Ahlers: Yes and no. More and more companies tout they offer occupational health management. However, whether it actually truly has an impact on employees and whether it is effective is hard to say. Unfortunately, we are also noticing that the measures that are being offered are often just a smoke-screen. Many companies only offer an annual Health Day where employees can check their blood pressure or get tips on healthy eating habits. Yet that is not the goal of well implemented occupational health management. ...
Read the complete interview with Dr. Elke Ahlers at MEDICA-tradefair.com!