"The House of Work Ability is an inspiring concept. It makes it clear that every employee can take his work ability in his or her own hands. That they have ownership of their career", says Mieke Smet, HR director at Janssen. "And that it is an interaction between employee and organization to find the right balance."
"Thanks to the House, individual employees can consider what is going well and what could be better. Do they want to renovate or redecorate? Managers can use it in talks with their employees. To check whether the house is still standing strong", illustrates Mieke. "And the organisation can check what needs to be done to support employees. To offer everyone possibilities to set to work with his personal House of Work Ability."
Janssen already has quite some building blocks for the different floors. Like programmes for doing exercise, flexible workplaces, leadership and a Talent Fit Center. The number of initiatives is constantly growing.
"However, it is not always clear for everyone that projects, for instance on healthy food or working from home, are also intended to increase the work ability. The house makes this clearer", according to Mieke. Ideally every employee will arrange his or her house in a way that feels good personally, while making sure that it gives him or her the energy, strength and motivation to work."