Deutsche Post health management comes out on top
For the third year in a row independent study ranks group in first placeBonn, 09/07/2007, 11:30 AM CEST
Twenty German companies have come in for praise for their healthcare management systems in an academic study entitled "Health Management 2007/08". Deutsche Post was ranked first among the service companies interviewed in the survey. For the third year in succession the group's health management system has been recognized as one of the best among German corporations.
This fact that the group has been recognized once again in this way is a reflection of the importance which the company has attached to health management for a number of years. Deutsche Post has put in place a management system which promotes the health and safety of its employees in a systematic and sustained manner.
Commenting on the award, Walter Scheurle, Board Member for Personnel at Deutsche Post World Net said "The health of our employees is a valuable commodity. The group relies on healthy, motivated and efficient staff. I personally am delighted that the recent independent EuPD study has identified us as the service company with the best health management and confirms for me that we are on the right path."
In the study market research company EuPD collaborated with a number of partners including Prof. Badura (University of Bielefeld), the European Business School, the Bertelsmann and Hans Böckler Foundations and the national association of German company health insurance funds (BKK Bundesvorstand) to identify the best 20 companies in this area. The authors of the study complain that only one in three of the companies surveyed takes the issue seriously.
For the purposes of the study EuPD Research quizzed the 800 biggest employers in Germany on their strategies for healthy working and highlighted the best and most innovative practices and ideas. Criteria used to assess the companies included health management structure and organization, strategy and controlling, plus the specific measures already put in place for this area. German business cannot afford to ignore the country's demographic trends. An ageing working population and longer working lives make effective health management all the more important if companies are to remain competitive.
Deutsche Post has been a pioneer in this field for many years. Following similar outcomes in 2005 and 2006, this new study provides further testimony that the group takes the health of its employees seriously and has worked hard to develop its own professional healthcare management system.
Further information on the findings of the "Health Management 2007/08" study are available at www.eupd-research.com. A print version will be published in mid-October.