Nationally, the health rate for the Deutsche Telekom Group in 2019 showed a slight improvement of 0.4 percent year-on-year, and stood at an average of 94 percent (including the long-term sick). Musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory diseases, and mental health problems account for the bulk of illness-related absenteeism at Deutsche Telekom AG.
The health rate is reported to the Board of Management at the end of each quarter. We aim to bring the Group-wide health rate up to 95.9 percent by 2020 (excluding long-term illnesses).
Targeted health protection programs were implemented in the individual companies. Across all segments, management training courses on the topic of “healthy leadership” were either introduced or continued. The aim is to raise managers’ awareness of this issue and train them accordingly. Additionally, a structured absence management system will be put in place to ensure that employees and managers regularly communicate about illness-related absences so that appropriate action can be taken early on.
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Reporting against standards
In combination with data on work-related accidents, the health rate data partially covers the GRI 403-2 (Types of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities) GRI performance indicator. This data is also relevant for criterion 15 (Diversity and health) of the German Sustainability Code.