Virbac has always made attention to collaborators a core value. Selection of a few initiatives that are helping to improve their well-being every day.
In Mexico, the obesity rate is particularly high in people between the ages of 15 and 74 (it is 18.6% above the 53.9% average in the 34 OECD countries)*. Since 2017, as part of awareness-raising actions led by public authorities, Virbac, along with its suppliers, has been developing a communications campaign on good eating habits. Balanced menus are also served at the cafeteria for the 90% of employees who visit it each day. In March of 2018, Virbac was certified by the State of Jalisco as one of the 38 best Mexican companies in the province for its focus on the nutritional well-being of the company's employees.
*Source: OECD analysis survey data (2017)
https://www.oecd.org/els/health-systems/Obesity-Update-2017.pdf (page 4)
In France, after a year-long pilot program during 2017, Virbac and social partners signed a company-wide agreement regarding teleworking in 2018. It provides each employee in an eligible position the ability to take one teleworking day per week and endorses an occasional arrangement for executive employees whose position does not grant status as a regular teleworker. Time savings, increased flexibility, reduction of transport-related stress, etc., so many benefits that nearly 20% of Virbac employees in France enjoy.
In a work environment that is in perpetual change, each employee is continually seeking efficiency with an eye to their work/life balance. It is in this context that Virbac Germany established a “Time and self management” training program for sales managers in 2018. Geared towards optimizing daily job performance and the development of individual work methods, it is enhanced by sessions for feedback, coaching and sharing of best practices. In 2019, this training will be extended to all subsidiary employees.
Since 2017, Virbac South Africa has organized an annual day dedicated to wellness. On the agenda: practical advice and recommendations from professionals on general health (blood work, BMI calculation…), nutrition (a dedicated stand with a free assessment of employees’ eating habits), stress management (yoga sessions, breathing techniques and relaxation exercises, etc.) and even work station ergonomics (proper posture, muscle-strengthening exercises, etc.). Furthermore, a wellness committee was set up in 2018 to generate new ideas and coordinate existing actions regarding employee health and well-being.