Company health management
Health management at the uvex group, also known as uvex health, encompasses a broad range of programmes and initiatives aimed at promoting health based on the following five pillars:
- Workplace Health Promotion
- Personnel management
- Occupational health and safety
- Company (re)integration management and
- Social services
The uvex group's Health steering committee is establishing a systematic health management structure to ensure that the workplace and organisation are geared towards sustainably promoting the health and wellbeing of employees.
Although the impacts of COVID-19 continued to be felt financial year 2021/22, we were still able to offer a wide range of health programmes to uvex group employees.
Workplace Health Promotion
Programmes across all locations:
- Monthly health tips
- JobRad company bike
- FitX discount
- Qualitrain cooperation
- Exercise videos provided by the Health steering committee
- ias online health seminars
- ias health portal
- KKH online health coach
- Virtual Fürth office run
- Office sports groups
- Hand strength measuring (KKH)
- Massage seat with VR glasses
- Spine measuring (KKH)
Programmes across all locations:
- Family policy: Gifts for new parents
- Company doctor: COVID-19 vaccination programme, vaccination advice, flu vaccination
- Families: Childcare during the Easter and summer holidays as well as on the Day of Repentance and Prayer
Occupational health and safety
Programmes across all locations:
- Online ergonomics consulting
Communities such as the collaboration experts, which was first launched in financial year 2016/17, offer knowledge exchange across different departments and locations. They are internally trained disseminators of digital working methods and tools, form the interface between IT and business, and generate ideas and feedback for digital working. At present, the community has 99 members altogether. Additional colleagues were again trained as Collaboration Experts and joined the community during financial year 2021/22. The Collaboration Experts are represented at all German-speaking uvex sites: ALPINA Schweiz, uvex sports Austria, uvex Arbeitsschutz Schweiz, uvex safety gloves in Lüneburg, uvex safety textiles in Ellefeld, uvex sports Lederdorn, BSA in Obernzell, ALPINA in Sulzemoos und uvex sports CR in Nyrsko, Czech Republic. They share ideas on digital collaboration scenarios with colleagues on an international basis. The Collaboration Experts regularly take part in events aimed at increasing and exchanging knowledge as well as those dedicated to special trending topics. In so doing, they play a key role in shaping our future collaboration, always keep up to date with the latest developments and ensure greater transparency in collaborations. This guarantees sustainable, efficient, cross-border communication pathways, collaboration and knowledge transfer within the uvex group.
With our personnel development measures, we support and challenge our employees specifically according to their individual needs - professionally, systematically and personally. In so doing, we are not only widening the spectrum of core competencies within our business, contributing to its success as a result, but we are also enabling our employees to keep up with and proactively advance developments in their professional areas.
During the reporting period, employees were also able to independently book external further training measures in just a matter of clicks via the Employee Self Service Semigator for the first time. As we want to encourage our employees on their individual development journeys, there are no limitations on the topics they can receive further training in. There were 347 bookings for external further training measures in total, with more than 400 employees taking part.
There have also been a few elements added to the internal range of further training measures during the reporting period. The new formats include moderation training and executive management courses for the managers of our international subsidiaries. More than 1,800 participants altogether have received training in the different formats from the internal further training modules on offer.
Our internal uvex eLearning platform was also refreshed. Following a system update, we have redesigned the platform and its navigation in order to optimise the user experience. Altogether, more than 50 different courses are available to uvex employees, which were accessed more than 8,000 times during the reporting period.
Digitalisation of HR processes
The digitalisation of HR processes remains a focus topic for the HR department. We have already been developing and implementing important and helpful tools such as the salary app and the HR dashboard over the past few years.
In financial year 2021/22, the focus was on the following areas:
Digitalisation of wage and bonus review
In October 2021, the annual wage and bonus review was carried out using a newly developed application for the first time in selected test areas. As the pilot run was so successful, this was expanded across the whole of Germany from October 2022. The entire process is simplified using a digital mask and standardised across all German companies. In this way, we also comply with the applicable data protection guidelines.
Launch of the employee portal for commercial employees
Via the uvex employee portal, employees can apply for annual leave digitally with the help of workflows and manage their flexitime account, rendering paper applications made by internal mail that were previously necessary a thing of the past! In FY 2021/22, this option was also extended to the first commercial business areas. To this end, the required IT infrastructure – central PCs in the production areas – were set up and employees received comprehensive training.
The uvex group as a vocational trainer
With a total of 19 different vocational training programmes and four dual study courses, the uvex group offers a varied and educational experience for our apprentices as they experience work in a wide variety of departments, thoroughly equipping them for working life. Our approach aims to facilitate a successful career start once our apprentices have completed their training. In the past financial year, all 10 trainees successfully completed their training and were then taken on in their desired role.
With various family-friendly offers and measures, the uvex group ensures that working life with the company reflects our protecting people philosophy. Across all locations, there is an opportunity to hold personal discussions to gain further information on topics such as caring for relatives and parental leave/parental allowance. Moreover, we like to offer our employees across Germany a gift to mark the birth of their child in addition to a little something to occupy the kids on the Day of Prayer and Repentance: with the schools closed in Bavaria on this day, feel free to bring your children into the office, where a fun bag full of arts and crafts is provided to keep them entertained while you work. We also put on a wide range of events, where we offer our employees information on family-related topics. A regular, monthly family suggestion provides employees with great free-time ideas for the whole family. At our Fürth site, we have partnered with an AWO Fürth childcare centre, which also offers its services during the Easter and summer holidays.