HP invests in wellness to help our employees better understand and manage their health. We believe that when HP employees feel well, they perform well. Our programs support employees at all levels of health and fitness.
Our wellness programs vary by country, but all support HP employees' physical health, financial well-being, and stress management. In 2010, we launched an extensive wellness initiative in the United States with plans to extend the initiative to 17 countries by the end of 2011.
HP Wellness Central is the online hub for our wellness programs. Employees can find benefits and wellness contacts, link to online health forums, share stories with other HP employees, and access tools such as personal health action planners, financial planning tools, and stress-assessment tests. Employees can also access the HP Employee Discount Program on the site to receive discounts for gym memberships, sporting goods, and other wellness-related products and services.
Our wellness programs feature activities, challenges, and contests to increase employee involvement. Shape up HP, an online social networking tool, allows employees to organize fitness activities based on similar interests. In addition, in 2010, we held wellness fairs at ten HP sites in the United States, as well as sites in Canada and Mexico. Employees learned more about wellness vendors, and attended website demonstrations and wellness exhibits. They could also use the latest HP equipment to customize and print wellness goals as part of the fairs. To reach more employees, we also recorded the events and posted them online for a virtual wellness day.
Individual and group challenges keep the program engaging and help drive lasting impact. For example, as a part of a 12-week fitness challenge in the United States, HP employees walked nearly 7 billion steps, exercised more than 450,000 hours, and lost more than 16,300 kilograms.
This year, our annual Voice of the Workforce survey included a question designed to measure employee perceptions of their managers' interest in employee wellness. More than 75% of HP employees felt their managers take a genuine interest in the wellness of their employees.
Maintaining work-life balance
We offer programs to help our employees manage personal and work commitments, as we recognize that the fast pace of our industry can be exceptionally demanding. In many countries, our wellness programs offer concierge services, backup childcare services, and stress-management resources. In addition, many employees take advantage of work-life options we offer to balance busy work schedules and personal lives.
In our annual Voice of the Workforce survey, flexible work arrangements are one of the top features of the HP work environment that employees value. These include:
- Flex time Working a normal eight-hour workday, but adjusting start and departure times. Approximately 80% of our workforce takes advantage of this option.
- Part time Working reduced hours on an ongoing or temporary basis. About 2% of employees work part time.
- Telework Working full time from home. About 15% of employees are formally designated teleworkers.
- Flexwork Occasionally working from home, but primarily based on HP premises.
Flexible work arrangements have helped us optimize the use of our real estate and improve the environmental impact of our operations and overall employee productivity. (See more information about our Global Workplace Initiative.)
Additional programs that help employees improve work-life balance vary by country, including:
- Vacation and paid time off
- Adoption resources and assistance
- Dependent care resources
- Education resources
- Family and medical leave
- New parent leave
For additional details about work-life programs, visit the HP Benefits website.