“This is a never-ending programme. It’s important to encourage people and present good results,” says Lesley Koch, who can see a definite improvement in the health of the employees in Australia. “Many of them feel much better. We have reduced the number of employees with high blood pressure and we have succeeded in getting people to stop eating fried food and change to healthier options using a wide range of information and facts,” she adds.
The work is continuing with new projects. At the present time, a great deal of interest is being focused on information and help relating to drugs and alcohol. In addition, Volvo Group Australia is going to focus on a campaign dealing with the relationship between skin cancer and sun-related diseases.
“All the positive energy that is generated by the employees gives us the strength to continue our work,” says Lesley Koch.
Volvo Group Health & Well-being Award
- The Volvo Group Health & Well-being Award was instituted in 2006 and is designed to spotlight activities and projects that aim to improve the health
and well-being of the Group’s employees.
- The first winner was Mack in Macungie, USA, for its work on the working environment
at the plant.
- In 2007, Renault Trucks in Blainville in France was presented with the award for
an ergonomics and health project. In 2008, the award went to the “Lifestyle in the West” project for its systematic work to motivate employees in western Sweden to take more exercise, eat more healthily and generate a sense of happiness and well-being.
- Last year, Volvo Vitality in Australia received the award for its comprehensive, nationwide programme designed to help employees improve their health. It won the award in the face of fierce competition from 19 different entries from various parts of the Group.