SAP’s Commitment to People over Profits

SAP was recently voted the 7th Best Place to Work in Australia 2019. We are honoured by this wonderful achievement and credit goes to everyone in SAP ANZ – from the sponsors of programs to employees who engage with us and make SAP the best place to work. We want to go further for our people – we want to become the best employer!

As an organisation, SAP’s purpose is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives – this doesn’t just mean our customers; it means the entire SAP ecosystem – employees, partners, and the communities in which we operate and live.

Best said from the experts: Our purpose of putting people first is best summarised by our strongest advocate – SAP CEO, Bill McDermott. “Focus on the things that really matter: your family, friends, health. Take good care of you, because you are absolutely the number one asset of SAP. There is no solution that’s better than the people power of this company.”

Echoed by Dr. Natalie Lotzmann, SAP Chief Medical Officer, who also acknowledged that it can be challenging living by these words due to the rapid pace of change within our business (and the wider corporate world). In her article How To Safeguard A Healthy Corporate Culture Despite VUCA Challenges she noted that while company culture is vital to the health and well-being of staff, it can also greatly impact on other factors such as profitability, shareholder return, and customer loyalty.

Employee health and well-being drive business success, and at SAP, we measure its impact through the Business Health Culture Index (BHCI). Calculated on a yearly basis, it measures the general cultural conditions that are designed to enable an organisation’s employees to stay healthy and balanced… We have seen in the latest data, a one-percent change in the BHCI could impact SAP’s operating profit by €90-100 million! A true business case for employee health and well-being.

Global purpose with a local focus: Beyond measuring the health and wellbeing of its people, SAP has always championed the improvement of employees’ lives through various initiatives to keep staff happy, healthy, and balanced – all of which is designed and driven by SAP’s Global Health and Well-Being Management team for global consistency across all SAP locations.

A network of local health ambassadors in each country ensures the roll-out of global programs, who also take responsibility for designing localised health and well-being initiatives that meet local needs, drive a healthy corporate culture, and set an example for others to learn better well-being practices.

Oh, and one simple thing… SAP Australia and New Zealand established its health and well-being program in 2016, focusing on the three pillars of financial, physical, and emotional health.

This year, we’re introducing our Healthy Habits: ‘One Simple Thing’ program to encourage our staff to identify ‘one simple thing’ they can focus on and improve with our support.

The common goal we all share with this program is helping one another develop healthier habits around the four pillars of financial fitness, mental fitness, eating well, and moving more. The program offers our employees a variety of resources across those four pillars, such as education seminars, health bytes, food demonstrations, nutrition advice, onsite health activities, and a health and well-being platform for supporting them in achieving their health goals.

People create and contribute to an organisation’s success, and intelligent organisations are now clearly seeing the correlation between a healthy corporate culture and overall performance. SAP’s ANZ Healthy Habits: One Simple Thing program was designed with the health and well-being of our people at heart. If we can encourage better eating, exercise, financial literacy, and mental well-being – we become a greater organisation filled with healthier and happier people. Learn more about the people who work at SAP

This article was originally published on Linkedin.