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Healthier and happier

In the Sustainable Development Goals of the global action plan of the 2030 Agenda, health is marked as one of its fundamental pillars. Specifically, Objective 3 establishes that “ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.”

This objective of the global action plan, together with the corporate value of wellness and Rieusset’s conviction that the healthier we are, the happier we are, are the reasons that have led the company to develop a Healthy Company plan for all its personal.

It is a health and wellness program focused on caring for the health of employees, understanding health in its broadest sense.

Rieusset bases this project on the WHO definition of health: "it is a state of perfect physical, mental and social well-being, and not just the absence of disease."

For this reason, it is committed to a Healthy Company plan that acts in the following areas:

  • Safety at work
  • Health both physical (illnesses or pathological disorders) and mental (emotional well-being)
  • Food
  • Physical exercise
  • Social responsibility

This plan began to be implemented in April 2021, it is aimed at the entire Rieusset workforce –although it is totally voluntary– and its slogan is "Wrap yourself in health" as a nod to the company's production activity: flexible packaging and labels.

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The objective of the plan is to convert Rieusset into a company where the workers are healthy and safe, both physically and mentally, in an environment with a good working climate. The plan also intends for its scope not to be limited to Rieusset but that it may extend that well-being to the personal environment of the workers

These ambitious goals are supported by the results of studies on occupational health that conclude that these programs are effective initiatives when it comes to improving the physical and mental well-being of employees, helping to consolidate the company culture, reducing personnel turnover, and improving productivity and the work environment.

In addition, they are one of the best instruments for retaining talent. This is shown by the Cigna 360 Wellbeing Survey, which points out that 53% of Spanish workers would take this aspect into account for staying in their company if they were offered a job with similar conditions but without an occupational health program.

Benefits that the program is expected to provide:

  • Improvement of the physical and emotional state of the employees, which should imply a reduction in accidents and illnesses
  • Improved motivation and stress management, generating an improvement in the work environment and, consequently, an increase in people's performance
  • Reduction of absenteeism and work accidents.
  • Improvement of the corporate image, recognizing Rieusset as a Healthy Company.

In relation to this last point, it should be noted that according to a study by Foment del Treball carried out in 2019, 43.88% of companies have healthy plans and programs but only 35.71% have developed these projects, which places Rieusset among the pioneering companies in developing and implementing this type of program in Spain.

Rieusset’s healthy company plan is made up of four programs:

Cardiovascular program, healthy heart.

This program consists of 6 training sessions that aim to achieve the adoption of healthy cardiovascular habits:

  • Achieving a healthy weight
  • Having adequate cholesterol and blood pressure levels
  • Giving up smoking
  • Doing physical exercise regularly
  • Having correct glucose values

To complement this program in Rieusset, sports activities will be organized such as popular walks, football matches, gymkhanas, etc.

Musculoskeletal program

This program combines 2 training sessions and a musculoskeletal and postural hygiene workshop in which participants learn the technique and benefits of standing up straight and walking upright, having correct postural hygiene, not making sudden movements, bending at the knees instead of the back or making “postural pauses”.

It is worth mentioning that Rieusset has been offering the services of a physical therapist for three years now, which is available once a week for all its workers.

Healthy eating program

This program begins with an analysis of each participant’s body condition, in which metabolic age, body mass index, % of body water, etc. are established. Based on these results and together with 3 training sessions, each worker learns to make a healthy eating plan and is able to follow the evolution of their body condition analyses throughout the year.

The healthy eating program is complemented by practical workshops such as:

  • Lunchbox recipes
  • A healthy shopping basket
  • Healthy eating away from home

Taller cocina para tuppers Rieusset

Taller cocina para tuppers Rieusset
Photo by Edgar Castrejon on Unsplash

Psychological health program

The psychological health program consists of 5 training sessions that aim to get participants to learn to control their attitudes, adapt their moods, generate positive attitudes, prevent bad ones and manage and improve their emotional well-being.

In this case, the program has follow-ups in order to achieve continuous improvement and is complemented with mindfulness workshops, retirement preparation workshops and emotional coaching.

In order to be able to quantitatively assess the evolution of the general health of the workers, and therefore the results of our healthy company plan, we rely on the score of the collective health index, which is obtained from the results of Rieusset staff’s health surveillance, taking into account both the lab test results and the physical and psychosocial medical examinations.

To calculate the collective health index, data such as these are taken into account:

  • Incidence rate: the number of new cases of a disease in a specific place and period
  • Prevalence rate: the number of existing cases of a disease or health event in a specific period.
  • Morbidity indicators: these are used to measure the occurrence of diseases, disabilities and injuries in a group of people.
  • Mortality indicators: this is the mortality in a given place and time.
  • Indicators of behavioral risk factors: these take into account behavioral risk factors that are related to lifestyles, for example smoking, sedentary lifestyle, alcoholism or an unhealthy diet.
  • Health service indicators: these take into account the performance and quality of health care systems and services.

This index is calculated on an annual basis and we hope to see that, thanks to the healthy company plan, each year the indicators improve at the same rate as the well-being and happiness of each and every Rieusset worker.

 

2021 Healthy Company Plan

 

What have we done?

In 2021 we focused our efforts on the psychological health program. The training on this topic is based on the choice made by the majority of employees (a questionnaire was sent to the staff so that they could choose the healthy company program that most interested them). This training allows incorporating tools to deal with the increased stress that has been generated by the pandemic.

In relation to this topic, the following have been carried out:

  • Training on techniques to reduce stress in the workplace. Online training was given to office staff in June and face-to-face training was given to factory staff in November.
  • Prior to the training, data and information related to stress were provided with the aim of raising awareness among the entire workforce about the importance of this topic:
    • What is work stress and its components
    • Work stressors and other types of stressors
    • Ways of dealing with stress

 

Other activities

In addition, this year, as we have been doing since 2019, different healthy habits campaigns have been carried out, including: anti-smoking, healthy eating, physical exercise, sleep and high blood pressure. 

In 2021, new activities were also implemented, such as “fruit day“. At least twice a year we offer our employees seasonal fruit. In 2021 “fruit day” was held during the month of April, on which strawberries, bananas and apples were provided, and in the month of December, when mandarins, bananas and apple were provided, all with the aim of raising awareness about the incorporation of these healthy foods into the daily diet.

What results did we obtain in 2021?

We are very pleased to see the results of our healthy company plan, since in 2021 we improved the score obtained in the collective health index, going from 5.10 in 2020 to 6.54 in 2021, positioning ourselves above the average for our sector (5.7).

Below you can see and compare the graphs for the years 2020 and 2021, which show in which areas Rieusset’s staff has improved:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Smoking
  • Healthy eating
  • Diabetes
  • Healthy Weight
  • Healthy Heart

2020

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2021

The areas that have improved the most compared to 2020 have been: healthy heart, healthy weight, diabetes, healthy eating and musculoskeletal. This last one is directly related to the physical therapist service that the company makes available to workers. In 2021, a total of 253 visits to the physical therapist were made.

Rieusset, committed to health

In conclusion, we can say that despite the difficulties we have experienced due to the covid restrictions, we are satisfied with the positive results that our healthy business plan is having. 

This 2022 we want to continue carrying out actions to raise awareness among our workers. An example of this has been the awareness campaign developed during World Cancer Day, and new actions that will be carried out to raise awareness and promote healthy habits.

Rieusset, committed to the well-being and happiness of each and every one of our workers. For a more sustainable, safe and healthy future.