MAN Truck & Bus honoured with the Corporate Health Award 2012

MAN shows exemplary commitment to the health and performance of its employees.

Under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Initiative Neue Qualität der Arbeit (INQA - Initiative for a New Quality of Work), those German companies with the healthiest employees were honoured at a ceremony on November 15, 2012 in the Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt am Main by the Handelsblatt (a leading German business newspaper), TÜV SÜD Life Service and EuPD Research. The winners among the 283 companies competing were selected on the basis of a multi-stage, expert-assisted assessment system. Awards were presented to companies that contributed in an exemplary manner to the health and performance of their staff and in doing so set standards throughout Germany. MAN Truck & Bus was distinguished with the Corporate Health Award 2012 in the category "Mechanical Engineering/Heavy Industry" for the convincing and sustainable occupational health concept at its Salzgitter site.

The advisory committee of experts to the leading competition for sustainable occupational health management in German-speaking countries praised MAN's concept: "MAN Truck & Bus AG receives the Corporate Health Award 2012 in recognition of its innovative and holistic approaches to raising health awareness and maintaining good health among its employees, approaches that are exemplary for all of Germany. In addition to the health shift and the preventive coach, risk and stress management ensures that all the work-places are optimally orientated from the point of view of health."

Dr. Uwe Rohrbeck, Head of Healthcare Services at MAN's Salzgitter site, accepted the award at the ceremony: "Being recognised with the Corporate Health Award 2012 fills me with pride because it is confirmation of our successful work in occupational health management. Corporate activities with regard to behavioural and situational prevention are becoming increasingly more important and corporate culture is becoming increasingly decisive for competitiveness. This is exactly what MAN addresses and the company in-tegrates measures for promoting the health of its employees in the daily work routine."

MAN has taken on the challenges posed by demographic change and has examined and made an ergonomic assessment of all workplaces at its Salzgitter plant with respect to their suitability for older employees. Based on this assessment, special software enables healthy workplaces to be determined for the respective employees. Thanks to this system, employees with health restrictions remain fully productive within the framework of situational prevention. So far, this instrument has been used to match more than a hundred employees to suitable workplaces. Sizeable investments have also been made in the design of working conditions. Consequently, around 60 percent of the workplaces at MAN's Salzgitter plant pass the employee age test, meeting the criteria of the key indicator method, a tool for determining the actual physical workload involved.

With regard to behavioural prevention, the employees are at all times able to take advantage of over 25 measures promoting occupational health: cancer screenings in various specialist fields, a fitness gym at the plant and a wide range of courses on healthcare, to mention only a few. A further important tool for improving occupational health is the MAN health check-up. This not only provides information on the health of the employee but is also the starting point for preventive measures. With the employee's consent, preventive coaches will provide him or her with assistance in all health-related matters. This support covers the spectrum from laying down individual measures for a healthier diet to more extensive physical activity to coping better with stress to helping with problems of all kinds. Here, the preventive coaches are able to utilise a comprehensive external network that was set up jointly with Wolfsburg AG. The offer is not restricted to managers but is open to every single person in the plant's workforce. As a result, at MAN's Salzgitter plant the rate of work disability due to psychological disorders is, by contrast with the nationwide trend in Germany, a mere two percent. The culture of health awareness at the plant has other benefits, too: although the workforce continues to age, the absenteeism rate has not risen since the beginning of the millennium.