Wellbeing of employees
Barilla pays close attention to the wellbeing of its employees, as witness the many company initiatives aimed at People Care.
In 2017, the Group stepped up its smartworking program and launched specific initiatives to protect the health of employees, including osteopathic treatment on company premises.
All of Barilla's People Care initiatives are aimed at helping its People live better, by promoting the right work-life balance and encouraging the adoption of healthier lifestyles.
In 2013, Barilla launched its Smartworking program, to promote the development of a more inclusive working environment, by allowing employees to manage their work more autonomously in terms of how, where and when to work, and adapting its work procedures to both personal and corporate needs, with a view to achieving its goals to best effect.
Barilla has extended the Smartworking program over the past few years, and doubled the number of days on which its office staff have the option to work remotely.
1,303 People benefited from the smartworking program over the course of the year
By way of additional help for employees in getting their work and non-work tasks done, the company introduced various time-saving services, such as in-company parcel collection for employees, an internal laundry and the possibility of booking take-away dinner baskets containing sustainable menus that change week by week.
Focus Italy - care for personal health: osteopathy comes to Barilla
During the year, Barilla introduced an initiative aimed at preventing occupational illness and reducing the physical and psychological stress of its employees by offering on-site osteopathic treatment. The initiative is part of a pilot study, in which 450 Barilla employees volunteered to take part, which will enable the relevant specialists to evaluate the effects of osteopathy on the lives of staff assigned to various roles.
The project enables employees to receive osteopathic treatment free of charge on company premises from a team of osteopaths from the Collegio Italiano Osteopatia (CIO) in Parma, which has conducted extensive research into the effect of osteopathy on stress, in conjunction with the University of Parma. Each treatment consists of six sessions, which take place in various on-site locations set up for the purpose. The aim of the project is to show how the use of osteopathy can reduce absence due to illness, while also improving physical resistance to work-related stress. It is also aims to reduce the number of requests for specialist medical treatment, and the quantity of prescription drugs taken by employees, because osteopathy is generally based on a preventive rather than a reactive approach.