Health and performance:
Goal: The BMW Group encourages personal responsibility in a working environment that is designed to maintain the long-term health and performance of its employees.
How is this goal realised in concrete terms?
We launched the “Health Management 2020” (GM 2020) programme back in 2014. The initiative is designed to strengthen personal responsibility and help us organise the work environment in a way that fulfils health and performance requirements in consultation with our works doctors.
The programme includes a health check-up and questions about the employee’s working environment. Everyone who participates in the programme receives a full personal diagnostic report, followed by an optional medical consultation to discuss individual preventative measures. Once all examinations have been completed, the employee’s department also receives a condensed report, highlighting relevant health aspects, with tips on how his or her workplace should be set up.
In 2017, a comprehensive scientific evaluation examined the effectiveness of the GM 2020 programme. The study looked at employees who had taken part in the programme twice (in 2014 and 2017) – with an average of 2.7 years between assessments. During this time, targeted preventive measures and steps to improve the working environment were implemented.
The evaluation provided strong indications of the programme’s positive impact. Measurements recorded under the study’s three evaluation criteria were much better than forecast. Evaluation of the laboratory parameter “long-term blood sugar levels”, for example, showed significant positive development, with an end figure lower than the initial baseline measurement. “Cardiovascular age” calculations, when compared to actual age, showed subjects actually getting “younger”. The natural aging process was countered so effectively that repeat participants achieved a lower cardiovascular age than their biological age at the time of the initial measurement. Compared with the first reading, their “work ability index” was also much better than expected, taking aging effects in account. Another major achievement was the 27% reduction in the number of smokers among participants over the measurement period – through motivation, for example, and by encouraging personal responsibility.
From the BMW Group perspective, the evaluation showed quite clearly that the GM 2020 programme works: It represents a long-term investment in our employees’ health and performance and makes a significant contribution towards the BMW Group’s goal of sustainability. Based on the positive results achieved during the intervention period, we decided last year to continue the programme and expand its rollout under the name GM 2025.