Reykjavik Energy Group has a Health and Safety Policy, which is annually examined and reviewed by its Board of Directors. In 2022, regular lectures were held for all employees on health-related issues, and the pioneering step was taken to give employees the option of a variety of health and well-being counseling at the company's expense.
KARITAS – OR Group's Center for Well-being
KARITAS is an innovation in services for employees towards better well-being, where the companies in the group provide employees with free access to certified health and well-being experts. The service was launched in late 2022 and introduced to all employees.
Employees can book a certain number of hours per year at the company's expense, without the intervention of a manager or anyone else.
OR's goal is, by the end of 2023, for the absence of staff due to illness or accidents to be below 3.6% of the total number of working hours by the end of 2023. This goal was achieved immediately during the COVID year of 2020, had reached 3.1% at the end of 2021, but it reached 4.5% at the end of the year 2022.
The increase in absenteeism due to short-term illness in 2022 can mainly be attributed to influenza, which was prevalent in the first months of 2022, and at the same time, COVID infections were widespread. Then the winter flu was unusually early. Long-term illness increases do not have a uniform explanation.
The number of sick days decreased greatly during the corona virus years 2020 and 2021. People worked from home to a significant extent and sometimes did their jobs despite illness that would otherwise have caused them to be absent from work. Then general quarantines due to the epidemic reduced communicable diseases.
Safety and Health Committees
Currently, five safety and health committees operate within the OR group. One was added in 2023, for Carbfix, but each company within the group has its own committee. Their role is to;
- Have an overview of the company's safety and health issues
- Work with the group's HS team
- Keeping the issue aloft, there are leaders and advocates of progress
- Make decisions to ensure an improved work environment
The CEO and managing directors of the companies in the group have a seat on their respective company's committee, which underlines their importance.
Access to fitness facilities
OR's headquarters house a fitness facility, which employees can use free of charge. Fitness classes are on offer there, such as yoga and cross-fit. Employees are allowed to use two hours per week of their working time to exercise.