Employees who are absent from work not only costs the company money but also increase the workload of their colleagues. With targeted OHM measures, companies can improve the health and wellbeing of employees and thus avoid, or at least reduce, absenteeism from illness and accidents. The OHM programme uses lectures, workshops and webinars to raise the health awareness of each employee and to strengthen his or her sense of personal responsibility.
There are many myths and facts about nutrition. During the presentation, participants receive a practical introduction to nutrition science and simple tips for a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, they will learn more about how their eating habits relate to their health. After all, those who eat well – in line with their circumstances – are more productive, cope better with stress, can concentrate more, are slimmer, and ultimately feel better. All these factors have a positive effect on health, both in the short and long term. The programme also covers exercise in a way that optimally complements the content on nutrition.
A lack of exercise is one of the main causes of physical ailments in our society. Good exercise doesn’t just make people happier and healthier, it also boosts motivation and performance. Typical lifestyle diseases include type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood lipids, and various types of cancer – with heart disease, up to and including heart attacks, as the most frequent cause of death. Sport or regular physical activity are among the most important preventive measures to reduce the risk of such health problems. In the lecture/webinar, participants learn which sports are suitable, how much training is necessary, and what health benefits they can expect.
Good sleep is essential for the health and performance of your employees. At the same time, sleep disorders are very common: one in four persons has problems with falling sleep, sleeping through the night or waking up too early. Persistent sleep disorders can disrupt the private and professional lives of those affected. During the lecture/webinar, a doctor will explain the causes of sleep disorders and their effects on health and performance. Participants also receive tips and relaxation exercises for better sleep.
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Musculoskeletal disorders are among the most common causes of employee absences. Understanding the causes of back pain is often the key to alleviating it or prevent it altogether. Our experts will carry out back check-ups with the "SpinalMouse," a Swiss invention. As computer-aided device, it analyses the shape of the spine and the flexibility of each section of your employees' spine. In a subsequent personal consultation each employee receives suggestions for improving his or her spinal health over the long term.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognises stress as one of the major health issues of the 21st century. Based on information by the Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Health, stress costs the Swiss economy an estimated 6.5 billion francs per year. For these reasons, it is all the more important to handle stress and regeneration correctly.
Drastic measures have been taken worldwide to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Yet, a vaccine is not to be understood as a panacea. In addition, there is the seasonal flu, which claims up to 650,000 lives a year. It is therefore important to develop a strong immune system to protect us from infections and reduce the chance of a severe course of a disease. During the lecture, participants will learn about the factors that weaken and strengthen our immune system. And they learn how to contribute to strengthening their immune system.
According to a definition by the World Health Organisation (WHO), we should not consider the body and mind as separate entities but as a whole: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” SWICA offers various presentations/webinars and workshops for employees about mental health to provide them with specific, long-term support.
Approximately one third of the Swiss working population feels frequently or very frequently stressed. This can result in high costs if it leads to health problems. What is stress? Why does it exist and how is it measured? Participants will learn about the differences between positive and negative stress and how to cope in such situations.
There are people who remain in good health despite intense pressure and bounce back from severe setbacks by feeling even stronger. This has to do with resilience, among other things: Resilient people can cope with pressure and stress in a way that allows them to regain their inner balance after a challenging phase.
The term "burnout" is used to describe a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. Some people regard burnout as little more than a fad, while others see it as evidence of an epidemic. Nevertheless, more and more – predominantly young – people are asking for sick leave because of burnout. But burnout can often be prevented if detected early.
Addiction is a widespread phenomenon in our society but rarely acknowledged or discussed openly. Depending on the scope and duration of the habit, it becomes impossible to ignore the negative consequences of addiction, which are extremely painful for those affected and their families. A social and stable environment that provides the help the person needs during tough phases is the best medicine. Being well informed about the effects of substance abuse is just as important as having the ability to deal with mental and physical stress.
Anxiety is part of life, even though it is mostly seen as threatening. While it is essential for our survival, it can also seriously hamper our lives. But anxiety often also harbours new opportunities to develop as a person and become more resilient.
Digital media dominate our everyday lives: Over 90 percent of Swiss people use digital media daily or at least several times a week. But one to four percent of them develop problematic habits that can negatively impact their health. In this module, participants learn about the connections between using digital media and personal health.
Although two to three people take their life in Switzerland every day and many more people attempt to do so, the subject remains taboo. A suicide often occurs in a state of extreme mental stress, reflecting the person's state of hopelessness. In this module, participants get an overview of the current situation in Switzerland, can recognise the signs of suicidal tendencies, and learn about the options for intervening.
Absences due to illness or accident cost companies a lot of money: In Switzerland, each person misses an average of six days of work per year for health reasons, which comes to an average of CHF 1,100 per day, according to the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It is therefore all the more important that managers get the training and support they need to maintain their health and that of their employees. Other important factors include healthful working conditions and habits of employees. SWICA therefore offers companies various presentations, webinars and workshops to support managers and employees in their everyday work.
In Switzerland, companies lose around CHF 6.5 billion annually in productivity due to absent employees (according to estimates by Health Promotion Switzerland). These costs can be reduced by means of systematic absence management. Essentially, this means clearly defining support measures and applying them before, during and after an absence. Managers should be trained and made aware of crisis indicators among employees as early as possible to provide the right support at an early stage.
Large and/or frequent changes often cause stress among managers and employees, and a failure to recognise its effects can result in absences and illness. The half-day workshop aims to reduce absenteeism and presenteeism by encouraging a sensitive approach to managing change. By taking their own change process as an example, managers will learn how to reduce resistance and identify opportunities – both for themselves and their employees. Recommendations and tools will help increase the willingness to change and make the process less stressful.
Everyday working life often involves inadequate or repetitive movement. With a few simple measures, employees can prevent back and neck problems, a frequent occurrence at work. During the presentation or webinar, employees learn about the basics and the connection between ergonomics and physical symptoms. Essential considerations include using workplace facilities correctly and adopting appropriate habits concerning movements in everyday life at work and during one's free time. The offer is suitable for office and production workplaces and will be adapted accordingly.
Heavy workloads and demands from the family, further education programmes or sick relatives often make it hard to strike a healthy balance in terms of work, leisure and sleep. During the presentation or webinar, participants learn that time management above all means self-management – a skill that's becoming increasingly important in a society where information and performance are paramount. The ability to set the right priorities forms the basis. Sometimes all it takes is changing your habits a little or acquiring some practical tools to simplify your life.