Wellness Stories.

Unilever’s global strategy for employee wellness

Feb 20 2019 • Written by Smriti Mishra

~ Smriti Jha


Good health is good business, believes Unilever!


The company says that people are better able to perform and unlock their potential when they can live and work ‘with a purpose’. That is possible only when they keep themselves healthy both at work and at home. Employees well being at work enables the company to perform better and becomes more productive for their business.


Unilever acclaims their short- and long-term health and business benefits. In the short term, the company expects to see healthier, more motivated and more productive employees, with lower levels of sick leave. And for the long-term benefits company wish for a sustainable workforce with long-lasting good health, happiness at work. The hidden intent behind is the company’s low healthcare costs.





Unilever’s global strategy for Medical and Occupational Health has two core elements.


1. Health promotion

The idea is to promote, maintain and enhance the health of employees, maximizing their wellness and enabling them to work safely and effectively.


2. Health protection

The company protects employees from work-related hazards to their health, including the manufacturing facilities and by providing the ergonomically correct setup.



Unilever’s 5 well-being strategy that nests a healthy work environment.





1. Lamplighter campaign


Lamplighter is their worldwide programme to boost employee health by assessing and improving four modifiable risk factors – physical health, exercise, nutrition and mental resilience at work.


Unilever feels proud to share that it has already covered more than 75,000 employees so far.



2. The 16 weeks leave for new moms


Under the program Global Maternal Well-being, the company makes sure every new mother receives at least 16 weeks paid maternity leave. This has resulted in an increase in maternity leave in over half the countries where we operate, the company says.



3. Promoting mental well-being at work


By listening and responding to the emotional needs of employees, the company provides its employees a better chance of fulfilling their potential.


Twice a year, Unilever promotes mental health-specific communications for employees, including on World Mental Health Day in October.



4. Creation of ‘Agile working’


This provides employees safe and adaptable working practices and technology, allowing them to perform their job anywhere, at any time, as long as the needs of the business are met.

The company provides more formal flexible working arrangements, too, such as job-sharing and flexible or reduced hours. Their wellness strategy also includes responding to pandemics; when taking care of our employee health become more crucial.




5. Check on work-related illness


The company puts an incredible check on employee health by measuring the frequency of work-related illness per million hours worked.

They have developed an interactive self-audit tool for the country teams to assess and monitor health data. This, in turn, Unilever helps them make the right decisions for their business, in alignment with their global Well-being Framework.





Feedback is the real worth for Unilever


Unilever evaluates the impact of wellness programmes by measuring health risk factors at the country level over a three-to-five-year period. This gives them feedback on what needs to improve and how they can provide bespoke interventions.

Contribute: Do write to us about any wellness program in your company that has led to noticeable gains for your employees, at smriti@fitgenix.in