The Future Challenges for Business Excellence

The Pathway to Healthy Companies

The challenges Europe is confronted with increasing competition in the global economy, low rates of innovation and growth, an ageing workforce and job insecurity force us to rethink how we live and work. It is high time to question the existing work organisations, structures and conditions. Evidence is there, though still underused, to enhance organisational competitiveness and individual quality of working life at the same time.

  • How can Europe achieve a convergence of sustainable competitiveness and quality of working life?
  • Which resources can organisations use to overcome the gap between leading-edge practice and their common practice?
  • What is the future role of leadership in this context? Do we need new models?

The network Enterprise for Health (EfH) supports companies in finding answers to this questions.

EfH creates opportunities for an exchange of experience and provide access to innovations. This allows member companies to improve their own practices and processes and demonstrate their engagement in important social issues.


The Future Priorities of Enterprise for Health (EfH)

The following topics and questions are at the centre of EfH's work.

Investing in corporate health policy and partnership-based corporate culture: The Business Case

  • What role does occupational health and corporate culture play in the creation of added value in companies?
  • How can companies assess their own level of development in this field and which tools qualify for this purpose? 
  • Which key indicators exist to compare companies' performances to that of other companies? 
  • Which key indicators identify "healthy companies"?

The role of leadership in health and corporate culture

  • What future demands are placed on executives as a result of the change of economical, technical and social frameworks?
  • Which skills should executives be endowed with and how can these skills be developed systematically?
  • What role will healthy lifestyle play in this context?
  • How can entrepreneurship and individual responsibility be encouraged?

Healthy corporate culture based on partnership driving innovation and performance

  • What distinguishes innovative companies from less innovative ones?
  • What is the relationship between technical and social innovations?
  • How do healthy working conditions contribute to the evolution of creativity and innovation?

Increase in chronic illnesses a challenge for work life and society

  • How can work life and companies - make a contribution to a healthier lifestyle of employees and society on the whole? 
  • How does work life and other areas of life affect the development of health-promoting and health-damaging habits?

Demographic change a plea for a health-supporting approach to longer working lives

  • How can we create a new balance between the actual youth-centred attitudes and values and ageing workforces?
  • Is there a need for reshaping work tasks and processes?
  • How can health, motivation and individual performance be ensured over a person's whole lifespan?

Transition to a flexible work and private life new forms of living, working and employment

  • How can newly upcoming risks which are related to this development be avoided, i.e. with respect to marginal employment and low levels of qualification? 
  • How do unequal opportunities in life and employment commonly affect social coherence and especially corporate culture and the working atmosphere?

A new definition of social and personal responsibility: Developing individual responsibility based on a health-compatible corporate culture

  • How can people be encouraged and empowered to take more responsibility for their own lifestyles?
  • How can companies support this by measures of organisational development which enhance autonomy?
  • What does social responsibility in a globalised world mean?

Learning from one another - designing the world of work for tomorrow:  Enterprise for Health

  • Which tools can we use to organise the transfer of knowledge and know-how in an effective and sustainable manner?
  • Who has to be involved in this process of learning?
  • How can good practice projects be transformed into common best practice?



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