Promoting health and wellness among employees It is gaining more and more weight in companies – so after the circumstances created by the pandemic, which have made them more aware of both mental and physical health – because of its benefits: it contributes to the reduction of stress, Increases productivity, reduces absenteeism and improves business climate and employee commitment, among others.
But this concern for occupational health is not new. Axa Partners already launched its Corporate Wellness Program in 2015, who has been healthy over the years. “The program has been conceived with the idea of fostering the emotional stability and physical well-being of employees,” says Alma Palazzi, director of human resources at AXA Partners. “It is so important to us that in 2005 we created a specific area within Human Resources dedicated to this topic”, Palazzi commented.
Axa Partners is fundamentally dedicated to providing assisted services, specialized insurance and credit and lifestyle protection insurance. “We have over 1,100 employees and around 46 nationalities are working with us. We have two offices in Spain, in Barcelona and Madrid”, explains Palazzi.
Staff has a 24-hour telephone service for psychological counseling
Healthy You consider actions like the Health Questionnaire, through a specially developed platform for this topic, through which employees receive an assessment that helps them to be aware of their physical and mental health, as well as the progress in health and wellness globally Receives advice for improvement. “This questionnaire is completely confidential to the employee,” explains Palazzi. “If the result gives a worrying diagnosis, we offer you two options: the psychological telephone service, related to mental health and which works 24 hours a day, every day of the week, and the medical support service, for other typologies, More physical.”, explain.
In addition, annual medical examination is included in specific cancer screening tests, Like mammogram for women above 40 years of age and PSA (prostate specific antigen) test for men. In addition, the program includes an information dossier on cancer, which includes information about the disease not only for employees who are going through cancer, but also information and advice for managers and colleagues.
Palazzi points out that “30%-40% of the workforce undergoes this medical examination, and 12% of targeted women and 18% of men are undergoing specific early detection tests.”
Medical exam includes mammogram and PSA test (prostate)
The event also promotes Healthy You Days, which are held separately for a fortnight a year (this year it was held in October). Conferences, events, training sessions and online and face-to-face awareness days dedicated to health and wellness These are led by experts in physical health and mental health.
Similarly, on the occasion of Healthy You Days this year, the company has launched a Mental Health & Wellness Digital Services Platform Consisting of two venues: one for awareness, with articles and infographics on how to improve and manage physical and mental health; and second for self-assessment, wherein employees can rate various aspects of health, stress, sleep quality, etc.
The training offered by the company ranged from face-to-face only before the pandemic to its online adaptation during it. Now a mixed format has been adopted. “Face to face are hypocrites [fortalecimiento abdominal], the onset of vocal overload or physical activity. And the training is more linked to nutrition, stress management or early detection of cancer, for example, we do it digitally”, details Director of Human Resources at AXA Partners. All things related to prevention, safety and ergonomics There are mandatory trainings; the rest are voluntary. Digital training is recorded and available to employees on the platform.
The practice of certain types of physical activity is also encouraged by the company: Yoga, postural exercises, relaxation techniques. “And the mental and emotional exercise we associate with this exercise a lot. It also offers the opportunity to join a network of gyms nationwide, subsidized, so it doesn’t matter where you live.
The company also offers employees the ability to receive Flu vaccine at your convenience, and with a view to 2023, the company is working on deploying second medical opinion For employees with critical illness.
Healthy You, the health and wellness program of AXA Partners, This program is fed from time to time by interaction with the employees and collection of information to gradually adapt it to the needs of the employees.
“We have, on the one hand, satisfaction survey When we complete the structures, and that gives us a series of ideas. we do have work climate survey, Where our employees express themselves anonymously, and give us relevant information about their well-being. and we also occasionally do interviews with the people responsible and we have Anonymized data from attending physician visits. We have an average of about 20% of our employees who go to the medical aid service. And although I don’t know what their diseases are or their names, or that description, then the service provides us with statistics on the most common type of disease or problem that concerns them and in that sense we can also modify and adapt the content. to those needs”, explains Alma Palazzi, Director of Human Resources at AXA Partners.