BGK provides employees with additional medical care with the “Post-COVID-19 health check” service. The Bank conducts preventive and educational health activities, cares for creating friendly working conditions, and organises events promoting a healthy and active lifestyle among employees.
In cooperation with a personal coach, the Bank organises cyclical stationary running and Nordic-walking trainings together with creating training plans for the Bank’s employees. The Bank also has a Health Academy with a variety of online exercises three times a week (e.g. yoga, stretching, healthy spine) to support active breaks at work. Exercises are also available on business mobile phones through the ClickMeeting app. The Bank’s employees received pulse oximeters so they can measure their saturation both before and after exercising.
With healthy eating habits of the Bank’s employees in mind, once a week we offer fresh fruit in the offices, and on the intranet shared a planner which helps combine taking care of health with professional duties and time for oneself.
In 2021, to counteract the effects of working in a sitting position, we organised webinars “Work-life balance, or how to be active despite a working in a sitting position”, “Do you exercise at home? We discuss useful home exercise equipment” and “Start running for health”. During the meetings, employees had the opportunity to see how sitting work affects their bodies, how to arrange and prepare home exercise equipment, and how to exercise to avoid injury. In addition, we also addressed eye ergonomics with a webinar entitled “Eye yoga, or how to work with a computer without ruining your eyesight”.
On the occasion of the 10th National Melanoma Awareness Week, together with the National Oncology Institute we organised a webinar “Melanoma – risk factors and methods of effective preventive healthcare. As part of raising employee awareness in the area of preventive healthcare, we held two webinars “Cancer prevention for men”. In October, the breast cancer awareness month, we hosted a webinar “Health begins in the head”, during which an experienced psycho-oncologist spoke about prevention of lifestyle diseases, including cancer, screening, and methods for building pro-health awareness. In our health promotion activities we also carried out smoking prevention activities, promoting the quitting smoking campaign with articles written by an experienced psychologist posted on the intranet.
During the pandemic, we reimbursed employees for the cost of COVID-19 tests. In 2021, we joined the “Vaccinations at the workplace” campaign and added a health check after COVID-19 to the medical package available to the Bank’s employees.
There are ten sports groups at the Bank (running, football, cycling, shooting, racket, sailing, skiing, dance, trapping, self-defence, and martial arts) and a room for bicycles is available. Twice a month, all the Bank’s offices receive deliveries of fruits for employees.
In 2021, we conducted a series of 10 financial education workshops on the pension system in Poland, including the principles of capital accumulation in an employee pension scheme.
In February 2021, we introduced the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP24) as a professional, confidential source of information and psychological assistance for all employees and members of their families. The assistance is offered in connection with difficult situations in both professional and private life. Assistance is provided by a team of psychologists, therapists, psychotherapists and coaches.