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15 Mar 2018 - 07:00 CET

Helping to increase vitality in the Netherlands

Preventing burn-out and ensuring employees remain healthy and happy are important issues for human resources professionals. They see the number of burn-outs in the Netherlands increasing every year and, with the retirement age rising and people remaining in the workforce for longer, vitality is key. This is why Nationale-Nederlanden Group Income Insurance in the Netherlands provides services focused on improving the sustainable employability of employees, supporting employers to take care of their people and help increase their vitality.

In 2017, Nationale-Nederlanden Group Income Insurance started a dialogue with employers and HR professionals, organising various events. For example the 'HR Active' event in Delft, where case studies and best practices were shared, and participants discussed a key theme: how can employers make practical policy for the sustainable employability of their employees?

Every organisation has its specific challenges, and these require tailored policy and targeted interventions. Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) generally have different issues compared to large corporates. Nationale-Nederlanden has developed insurance solutions for both customer groups, adapting to their daily challenges and requirements.

Nationale-Nederlanden's services go beyond offering product solutions. Particularly in the field of sustainable employability, professional advice and personal support is an important part of the service provided. Fred Toussaint, director of Group Income Insurance: ‘Our sustainable employability specialists support employers every day to help them limit and prevent employees' absenteeism. Our mission is to help increase vitality in the Netherlands. That creates a win-win situation for everyone.'


Whenever we implement something new, we keep an eye on how our solution works in practice

To provide customers with sound advice, Nationale-Nederlanden Group Income Insurance conducts practical research and tests the added value of new techniques. New technology – for instance wearable devices such a smartwatch that measures the wearer’s fitness – leads to new questions: Can the use of these smart, new techniques help boost the vitality of employees? Or help to predict future absenteeism?

To gather data, close to 100 employees of Nationale-Nederlanden volunteered to partake in a test with wearables. Based on this experience, our specialists can now provide even more tailored advice to customers. 'Increasing vitality and sustainable employability starts with reliable data collection, analysis and testing,' says Innovation Manager Jelle Jansons. 'Whenever we implement something new, we keep an eye on how our solution works in practice. This way, we keep developing and improving our solutions for vitality and sustainable employability.'

Fred Toussaint, director of Group Income Insurance (left) and Innovation Manager Jelle Jansons.  Fred Toussaint, director of Group Income Insurance (left) and Innovation Manager Jelle Jansons.