On one of the WA groups of HR, Administrator of the groups, Mr Rajaram Thorve
, has raised the topic for discussion. Today's topic for discussion is on Employee Wellness Programmes
He has asked the following questions:
Should the organization organise health talks, medical camps for employees at regular intervals?
Is it true that the employees may misunderstand if instigated by some employees or unions that the medical camps are organised to declare them medically unfit to remove from the services of the organization?
How would you create awareness and positive environment about the health of employees and the intention for organising medical camps?
Would you display health tips with pictures at conspicuous places or by way of mails for educating employees?
I have given the replies to the above questions and these are as below:
Dear Mr Rajaram Thorve,
Replies to your question are as below:
Q. 1 Should the organization organise health talks, medical camps for employees at regular intervals? Reply
: - Yes, spreading health awareness is always important. Occasionally, company should organise these events.
Q. 2 Is it true that the employees may misunderstand, if instigated by some employees or unions that the medical camps are organised to declare them medically unfit to remove from the services of the organization? Reply
: - Using medical records to terminate an employee is plainly misplaced fear. Can some authority take risk of tampering with the medical records of the employee? The chances are quite remote. What if the employee takes the second opinion and if it emerges that he is medically fit? In that case who will be responsible? Going further, in the extreme case out of malice, some senior manager takes this risk to remove 1-2 employees but this malpractice cannot be executed on a large scale.
Q. 3 How would you create awareness and positive environment about the health of employees and the intention for organising medical camps? Reply
: - The examples of spreading health awareness given in the first question are adequate.
Q. 4 Would you display health tips with pictures at conspicuous places or by way of mails for educating employees? Reply
: - Yes, to spread health awareness, these means can very well be adopted.
[b]Final Comments[b]: - Conducting health camps and spreading health awareness apart, HR can go further. HR needs to do the following:
a) HR can very well measure the loss of productivity because of the employees’ sickness. This is much easier said than done. Not necessarily for the employee wellness but productivity measurement is always a challenge for HR.
b) The second thing that HR can do is to identify how many employees are working well beyond their working hours. Long working is a silent killer. In a few companies or industries, long working hours has become the norm. Operations manager openly say “in our industry everybody puts up long working hours”. This is a plain rationalisation and sometimes HR is just mute spectator to it. HR must step in to reduce the excess working hours.
c) The third thing is about identifying occupational diseases associated with the industry. Occupational disease, any illness associated with a particular occupation or industry. Such diseases result from a variety of biological, chemical, physical, and psychological factors that are present in the work environment or are otherwise encountered in the course of employment. If HR does not take any steps to identify and eradicate occupational diseases then the employee awareness programmes will become vacuous.
Thanks, Dinesh Divekar 26th March 2018 From India, Bangalore