Working at MOL Logistics: MOL Logistics Vital to the Future

At MOL Logistics we find it important that our colleagues are healthy and enjoy their work. Within this framework, our company started the project in November 2019. 'MOL Vital to the Future. With the support of the European Social Fund we were able to realize this project! We will discuss this with Madelon van Beek, HR Advisor.

Madelon, what can you tell us about the purpose of "Vital to the Future"?

As part of our mission, we strive to ensure that our employees feel safe and can move freely within a positive working environment. As MOL, we also have to deal with social developments, such as an ageing population, an ageing workforce and the need to work longer. All this requires flexibility and adaptability from us as an employer, but certainly also from our employees. Employees must be sustainably employable. Within the framework of sustainable employability, we want to monitor and promote the vitality of our employees. We want to recognise health risks associated with work at an early stage, but also general health risks associated with our employees' lifestyles. The vital employee works with more pleasure, is healthier, is more productive and absent less. It is important for employees to become aware of the major role they play in vitality, lifestyle and sustainable employability. They must take the helm themselves. Of course with the right support from MOL.

Why is this project so important for MOL Logistics?

We want to ensure that everyone has the healthiest possible workplace and can enjoy it for as long as possible. Every employee should be aware of the contribution he or she can make to a piece of sustainable employability. This has been an important point of attention during our project. We hope that this will also benefit the flexible employability of our employees now and in the future.

What steps has our company taken in the past year?

In November 2019, we started performing a PMO (Preventive Medical Examination) for each employee. Following this, various training courses and workshops were organised. These focused, for example, on how to bend down and lift when working in the warehouse, but also on how to design your workplace in the office as healthily as possible (think of how to alternate between sitting and standing, how to adjust your screen and chair properly, etc.). We have received support in this respect from a number of BIG-registered advisors from our Health & Safety Service.

What role did these consultants play in the project?

In addition to setting up and implementing the PMOs, they organised the training courses and workshops. Based on their expertise, they informed our employees about sustainable employability. Employees received support both in a team and on an individual level. Various tips and guidelines were discussed.


What does a PMO look like?

The PMO consists of a written questionnaire on an online portal. On the basis of the questions, each employee receives a personal report, and on the basis of this report, an employee can request an advisory interview with the advisor where goals can be set and further guidance can be sought. The employee also receives a personal dashboard. The data are collected and analysed by the external advisor and displayed in a group report for MOL.

A PMO helps us detect possible health damage among employees at an early stage, which in turn helps us to identify health risks. After this, we can switch immediately and take measures to limit the risk of failure in the future as much as possible.


What points of interest came out of the workplace surveys?

We have been advised in five areas: work tasks, working hours, working methods, work pressure and workplace. The main findings are: add more variety in work for office staff and take moments to get moving more often and reduce display time. We also made adjustments for a number of colleagues using ergonomic tools such as an adapted mouse, office chair or document holders. As part of the workload, we continue to talk to our employees as regularly as possible, in the hope that we can limit an increasing workload.

What other steps are we going to take as a company?

We remain committed to the mission we discussed earlier in this interview. In addition, the question is 'where will you be in 5 years' time? This is an important pillar for employees during performance appraisals. This also applies to health and safety issues. These continue to be points that we discuss again and again and help us to develop further within MOL.

What else can employees do to stay vital?

It is nice to see that employees are increasingly taking responsibility for their own vital workplace. This sets in motion a movement that is contagious and arouses curiosity among immediate colleagues. A few people still want to feel burdened, but they really don't have to. On the contrary, we are proud if an employee shares findings with us, because only then can we take targeted action. Together we keep looking at the possibilities.

What would you like to give applicants and new colleagues as an extra tip?

We like to see applicants and new colleagues being honest about their wishes for a healthy workplace. Make your wishes or ideas negotiableDon't feel burdened and together we look at the possibilities we (can) offer.

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