Employees make a key contribution to the success of public services. Their health and ability to perform effectively are directly affected by the parameters within which they work, and the physical and mental burdens placed on them are increasing.
For this reason, among others, the Federal Office of Personnel (FOPER) decided to establish a Federal Occupational Health Management (FOHM) function, which would • meet the statutory requirements in every respect; • be organised in an exemplary and cost-conscious way; • involve all relevant players; • help to control health costs; • strengthen the motivation and health of employees, as well as their confidence in their employer; • contribute to the positive image of the Federal Administration in the eyes of the public and the labour market.
The FOPER set up and developed the FOHM function together with the various departments, administrative units (AUs) and social partners.
The FOHM function is now up and running as an efficient instrument with formal certification from the Federal Coordination Commission for Occupational Safety (FCOS). As well as being broadly based, it is supported by the entire Federal Administration and fulfils all regulatory requirements without exception. The FOHM function is overseen by a central specialist unit for occupational health management in the FCOS, which manages and coordinates the task areas of occupational medical assistance, occupational safety and health protection, health promotion and occupational case management.
For the operation of the FOHM function, the sheer size of the Federal Administration (37,000 employees) and the large number of AUs require clear internal structures, processes and responsibilities to be defined, and very careful attention paid to internal communication and the training of staff. To this end, one contact person for occupational safety and health protection (COPOSH) and one Health Officer (HO) were defined for each AU, provided with the corresponding instructions, and trained in the execution of their role in a targeted and consistent way through seminars stretching over several days.
In parallel to this development, the spectrum of training on health themes was broadened through the Federal Administration Training Centre (FATC) with a view to raising the awareness of the workforce as a whole regarding this theme. With the assistance of health statistics drawn up by each administrative unit, and based on the criteria for the operation of the FOHM function, the steering group of each administrative unit can illustrate the success of the measures taken and the need for further activities in a health report, drawn up on the basis of FOPER guidelines and then submitted to management.
With the FOHM function now firmly established, the Federal Administration can profile itself more strongly as an exemplary employer in the eyes of the political establishment, the private sector and the Swiss people. It pays attention to the issue of employee health, creates healthy parameters, and supports health-promoting working conditions. This in turn enables it to preserve the health, performance and motivation of employees, while at the same time reducing health costs.
|Award category:||new solutions to complex challenges - european or national level|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
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|Keywords:||Federal Occupational Health Management|
|Short English description:||Employees make a key contribution to the success of public services. Their health and ability to perform effectively are directly affected by the parameters within which they work, and the physical and mental burdens placed on them are increasing.|
|Organisation:||Federal Office of Personnel (FOPER)|
|Level of government:||national level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||>15|
|EU membership:||EU member|