The DKV of the Healthy Life Institute and the Fundación Salud y Persona present the Guide for Emotional Well-Being in the Workplace. The report, produced by a team of specialist psychologists at Fundación Salud y Persona's business department, gives the key to creating a healthy working environment, in a world where by 2020 anxiety and depression will be the main causes of absence from work according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Similarly, according to the National Statistics Institute, 59% of professionals in Spain suffer from some type of stress in the workplace.
For companies, a healthy workplace is one in which both employees and management work together to implement constant improvements to protect and to promote the health, safety, and wellbeing of all employees. In contrast, a recent survey carried out by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), revealed that around 40% of workers believe that stress is not adequately dealt with in the workplace. Click this link to download the complete Guide.
Recommendations for reducing stress in organisations
Nevertheless, the Guide points out that psychosocial risks can be prevented and managed, regardless of the size or type of company. Stress being present in the organisation doesn't imply that the cause is stemming from work: it could be coming from the employee's own personal life. However, companies are obliged to provide their employees and their families with resources to cope with stress. This Guide analyses the psycho-social risk factors, and includes simple techniques to help people avoid and manage stress.
The report also analyses examples of good practice in Spanish companies from diverse sectors and those which have been recognised by the EU-OSHA, and provides guidelines to detect the degree of stress of workers.
These recommendations also have an impact at a business and financial level, given that a good working environment results in more productive employees. The Spanish Network of Healthy Companies shows that "healthy and happy people are more productive, they spend twice as long at their tasks, they have 65% more energy and a greater involvement in their company”. The same organisation also points out that "for every euro invested in health care programmes there is a return for the company of 3.5 euros”.
About DKV and the DKV Healthy Life Institute
The DKV Healthy Life Institute is an initiative that was created to promote improved health and lifestyle in the general population through the dissemination of information and training aimed at instilling healthy habits; therefore, preventing illness and fostering the value of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle.
The DKV Group is part of ERGO, one of the major insurance groups in Germany and Europe. ERGO, with a presence in more than 30 countries, focuses its activities in Europe and Asia. It offers an extensive range of insurance products, pensions and services. ERGO employs 43,000 people, either as salaried employees or as self-employed insurance agents. ERGO is part of Munich Re, one of the leading reinsurers and risk carriers worldwide.
In Spain, the DKV Group has a presence throughout the country. It has an extensive network of branch offices and doctor's offices and a staff of almost 2,000 employees who provide service to 2 million customers.
About Fundación Salud y Persona
The Fundación Salud y Persona is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the psycho-emotional health and care of people, featuring a management team that boasts over 25 years of experience in the field. The organisation provides psycho-emotional aid in companies and organisations, for their employees as well as for their customers and reinvests the profits generated from their activities into care programmes for senior citizens who live in poverty, who are alone or who are in situations of social exclusion.www.fundacionsaludypersona.org