With the COVID-19 pandemic and its suddenly arising threat, health has become even more important – and it still is, with the outcome still uncertain. At first, quick action was required. The general conditions around the world were constantly changing, and COVID-19 waves came and went.
Hygiene concepts, social distancing, rotating shifts, masks, sanitizer dispensers, mobile working, free selftests and vaccinations – just some of the countless measures for all employees worldwide that brought completely new challenges to the BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding company groups. “The hundreds of thousands of masks, the tests, the additional hygiene measures, the countless tools for mobile working of employees, the underlying processes, the communication, and not least the protection of employees in countries with no social network – all that was very expensive. However, the BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding Group companies are happy to spend this money because the health of their employees is an absolute priority,” says Bernd Eckl, Chairman of the Management Board, BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding.
This fundamental attitude has made it easier for the companies in the family to adapt to the required measures, implement them, and see them through together. Things like this are only possible when we work together, it’s giving and taking, and watching out for one another – that’s the special spirit of a family company. The actions E.G.O. took at its Mexican location are an example of this. There, the local authorities banned work due to high infection rates. In order to support the employees of E.G.O. Electronic Components S.A. de C.V. in Querétaro, the company continued to make wage payments on a voluntary basis.
IN 2021, THERE WERE 640 NEW COVID-19 INFECTIONS WITHIN THE BLANC & FISCHER FAMILY HOLDING AND ITS COMPANY GROUPS. THE MEDICAL SERVICE AT THE OBERDERDINGEN LOCATION ALONE CARRIED OUT A TOTAL OF 466 PCR TESTS AND 661 ANTIGEN TESTS, AND 890 COVID-19 VACCINATIONS WERE ALSO ADMINISTERED. NO MATTER WHETHER THEY CHOOSE TO GET VACCINATED AT THE IN-HOUSE MEDICAL SERVICE OR BY THEIR GENERAL PRACTITIONER, ON THE DAY OF THEIR VACCINATION APPOINTMENT, ALL EMPLOYEES WORLDWIDE GET ONE DAY OFF WORK.
“It would be unreasonable to say that the BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding and its company groups will emerge completely unscathed from the COVID-19 crisis, and we certainly still have challenges ahead of us in this respect. However, it’s certain that we’ll be able to cope with everything that’s thrown our way in the end. And we’re also optimistic that this will in turn create new opportunities,” wrote the former management in an official letter to the employees. This confidence was not least the result of the tireless commitment of all employees, who demonstrated unparalleled loyalty to their employer in these times of crisis. An employer for whom every single employee counts and is cared for, just as it should be in a good family – in good times and bad.
THE SUM OF THE WHOLE
At the end of the day, it’s not a particular sports class a company offers its employees, or the free drinking water, the holiday program for employees’ children, or the health check-ups that makes the difference – ultimately, it’s the sum of the whole. On the one hand, that’s because everyone has different needs, but on the other hand, it’s because we humans are very complex and need a variety of things to make us feel good.
The BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding has been relying on a diverse range of health services in its company groups for years, and this range is regularly expanded and adapted to the wishes of its employees. From gym facilities and childcare, to an inhouse physician and management check-ups, to drinking water dispensers, and vending machines with healthy snacks. And, of course, apples are available too!
After globalization and digitalization, the corporate world is facing the next challenge: Green Business. But this is nothing new for BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding. Beyond greenwashing and fads, sustainability has been actively tackled in the Oberderdingen Family Holding companies for more than 90 years.