Employee well-being

Guiding principle 02

The issues of occupational safety and ensuring good employee health have always been part of fischer's self-concept. An occupational safety structure that has grown over many decades ensures that there is an awareness of legal and official requirements and that these are also comprehensively implemented. With a consistent focus on prevention, based on the DGUV “Vision Zero” strategy, fischer is shaping work and living environments with the goal of avoiding all work-related accidents. This strategy is based on the company’s conviction that every accident can be prevented if managers and employees take the right actions in advance.
The fischer group of companies maintains its own fitness studio for its workforce and retirees, which can also be used outside of work hours. In addition to top equipment to build muscle or for endurance training, employees can take various sports classes or enjoy a relaxing massage. Trained fitness trainers and physiotherapists answer questions and help you achieve your athletic goals. The extensive range of courses is regularly expanded by offering new sports, such as jumping fitness, Qigong and fascia training. Likewise, medical massage, kinesio-taping, vibration therapy, physiotherapeutic diagnoses and creating an exercise plan have already been added. The wrinkle measurement and consulting service is ideal, for example, for improving exercise, diet or lifestyle, and contributes to optimising the entire system. Health subjects also play an important role outside the fischer fitness studio: Nutritionist Sven Bach supports the employees with nutrition presentations and the “Healthy nutrition weeks” at the company restaurant. In addition, the topic of “sleep” has been picked up in seminar series and presentations, giving interested employees the opportunity to improve the quality of their sleep with the help of an external consultation. 

The company restaurant offers diverse, freshly prepared menus as well as salads or vegetable buffets daily. In addition, there is a lowfat and delicately steamed healthy option for everyone who would like to enjoy a particularly conscious and healthy diet. All meals are subsidised by fischer so that the workforce can enjoy high quality food at an attractive price. 

With the many measures by corporate health management, fischer ensures a high health ratio at its German locations, especially compared to companies of similar size in Baden-Württemberg.

Adding flexibility to breaks and work hours makes it possible for employees to take a class during their lunch break, and is another way of promoting good work/life balance. 

Occupational safety at fischer

The issues of occupational safety and ensuring good employee health have always been part of fischer's self-concept. An occupational safety structure that has grown over many decades ensures that there is an awareness of legal and official requirements and that these are also comprehensively implemented. With a consistent focus on prevention, based on the DGUV “Vision Zero” strategy, fischer is shaping work and living environments with the goal of avoiding all work-related accidents. This strategy is based on the company’s conviction that every accident can be prevented if managers and employees take the right actions in advance.

Multiple building blocks contribute to achieving the goal of zero work-related accidents:

  • Detailed risk assessments are produced in close collaboration with employees; these are then used to analyse all work areas and define measures to create a safe workplace.
  • All employees can make an active contribution to the issue of occupational safety: Critical situations at the workplace or near accidents are reported to the relevant offices, while solutions are found every day on the shop floor to eliminate and minimize hazards, then agreed on and implemented right away.
  • The digital accident log allows areas resulting in multiple injuries to be analysed, in order to define and implement further accident prevention measures.
  • A full incident analysis provides detailed information on the causes of each incident. Measures are then defined in collaboration with managers and employees to reduce these hazards to an acceptable level.
  • Planned tasks are reviewed based on an on-site risk analysis (LMRA). Concrete measures are taken before work begins to respond to potential hazards.
  • Any hazards related to working with and through external companies and service providers are considered in a site-specific risk assessment, then concrete measures are defined as needed for even better safety at the construction and work site

Since 2018, a centralised contact parter has coordinated and standardised the subject of occupational safety at all German locations. In its function, the colleague advises managerial staff on the subjects of occupational safety and health protection. In addition, this colleague coordinates and implements safety inspections, and supports the execution of hazard assessments. Primary objective: Reducing work-related accidents. Risks and hazards are evaluated on an ongoing basis, then measures are initiated and implemented.

The great importance of reducing and protecting against work-related accidents based on preventative measures can also be found in another area: Among other things, mandatory trainings is provided for all managerial staff on the topic of “Responsibility in occupational safety”.

Employees are made aware of the topics of occupational safety and health protection when they join the company or daily on the shop floor. By actively supporting the employee the safety topics are addressed directly while preventative measures are worked out and implemented. This also includes psychological aspects.

Loans at favourable conditions and interest-free advances

In order to help bridge financial bottleneck situations, the group of companies provide loans and advances to fischer employees at very favourable conditions. 

Support Association

Also, employees and their relatives are assisted in emergency situations with payments from their own Support Association. This service can be utilised when employees find themselves in need through no fault of their own and cannot get out of the situation on their own.
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