"The health of our employees is important to us."
Kulmbach, 14.02.2021 - Healthy employees are not only happier and more satisfied at work, but also increase the competitiveness of their company. The Kulmbach-based specialist for heating, cooling and ventilation, Glen Dimplex Deutschland, recognized this years ago. Now, the company has been awarded the gold certificate "Healthy Company" by the AOK Bavaria for its systematic and innovative commitment in the area of occupational health management (OHM).
“Glen Dimplex is not only a world leader in electric heating and cooling systems, but also a role model for companies when it comes to employee health.”
The basis for the high distinction is a comprehensive audit of occupational health management at Glen Dimplex by the AOK's certification partner, Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen GmbH (DQS). The pre-audit with the AOK already took place in June. In the fall, the audit was finally completed by DQS. Strengths and potential for improvement as well as the status of the company health management system were determined in accordance with a uniform nationwide quality standard. The audit covered, among other things, the existence of basic structures and processes, the assessment of the communication strategy, the risk assessment, and the consideration of various health offerings for employees.
At Glen Dimplex, this includes a wealth of measures to promote and maintain the physical and mental health of employees. Examples range from psychological counseling in personal crises to the topics of "moving breaks," "healthy lunches," or "healthy leadership," to instructing interested employees to take over movement and relaxation training in their respective departments themselves. The works council is also actively involved.
The company sees occupational health management as a strategic task based on four pillars: Occupational Medicine, Occupational Health Promotion, Occupational Integration Management and Occupational Safety. The focus is particularly on making it a holistic system and anchoring the idea of health in all areas and processes of the company. "Our managers and well-functioning communication within the company play a very important role in this," emphasizes Clemens Dereschkewitz.
“We are concerned with a holistic approach that reflects our company's attitude toward its employees. The health of our employees is important to us. This has a lot to do with respect and appreciation. Our commitment to the health of our employees also underscores one of our four core corporate values: People are at the center of everything we do.”
Glen Dimplex's occupational health management also scored particularly well with the auditors thanks to two special features: Firstly, the high participation rate in occupational integration management was impressive. This demonstrates the employees' great confidence in approaching the company with their health complaints and problems and working out solutions together with their superiors and the occupational health management team. On the other hand, the OHM team was able to put its offer of professional psychological counseling for employees with mental health problems on the line.
Glen Dimplex Deutschland is part of the international Glen Dimplex Group based in Ireland - a leading international supplier of electric heating solutions and domestic appliances.
Glen Dimplex Deutschland combines the group’s global knowledge and expertise in the development of highly efficient system solutions for heating, cooling and ventilation of buildings, as well as commercial and industrial applications and supplies the Dimplex, Riedel Kooling and Koolant Kooling. As well as the headquarters in Kulmbach, Glen Dimplex Deutschland also has subsidiaries in Kalamazoo (USA) and Shenyang (China). The company is managed by CEO Clemens Dereschkewitz and Heiko Folgmann - Director of the Business Unit Heating and Ventilation.
At its HQ in Kulmbach, Glen Dimplex has stood for expertise in heating and refrigeration for over 40 years. This is where energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning systems are designed by our engineers and technicians at our in-house Development department and perfected to market maturity. Products from Glen Dimplex are a byword for engineering expertise, quality and “Made in Germany” design. Glen Dimplex Deutschland's worldwide locations employ around 1,200 people.