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  • 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

T-Systems: the Happiness project and research project on managerial health competence

Continuation of the Corporate Happiness project:
T-Systems started initiating changes in its corporate culture within the scope of a pilot project in 2016. The aim of the project is to apply the scientific findings of "positive psychology" to identify values that will enable all employees to better realize their potential. The project encourages them to independently work toward their own, as well as the company's, success. In 2016 we trained 27 "happiness ambassadors" under the pilot project, offered training courses and impulse talks, and launched the Stop Complaining initiative. Due to the positive effect of the project, we decided in 2017 to expand it throughout the entire Group and train an additional 30 happiness ambassadors. We also carried out numerous other activities at T-Systems during the reporting year. For example, we conducted various training sessions within the framework of the HR Academy (LINK to HR Academy, "Education and Development" subsection), held numerous impulse talks, and offered team building measures.

Research project on managerial health competence
Managers play a key role in promoting corporate health. That's because they not only influence their employees' workplace environment but also serve as an example. Numerous studies have proven a connection between managerial conduct and employee health. At the same time, managers themselves are an important target group for corporate health promotion measures, as they are frequently exposed to higher health hazards than employees without personnel responsibility.

Managers are hence the focus of the "HeLEvi" research project - the "Health opportunities – healthy self-management: recognizing, developing, and implementing potential" training program. T-Systems has paired up with the German Sport University Cologne and the local Cologne Institute for Health Economics and Clinical Epidemiology to carry out this project. The goal of the project is to design, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based training program for promoting health competence among managers. The project is being supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

A total of 143 managers have participated in the HeLEvi program. The project ended in November 2017 with a closing event in Bonn, during which the professors presented the research partners with the project method and the study results. The next step will be to entrench the topic and increase corporate health promotion awareness within the Group.