Volkswagen Group is an automobile manufacturer based in Wolfsburg, Germany. The company began as a private investment but became a public corporation in the second half of the 20th century. Volkswagen Group is an international company that employs individuals from different cultural diversity. It has an attractive compensation package offered by the firm’s employee benefits program.
Volkswagen Group has two categories of employee benefits which include cash and non-cash rewards. Cash benefits include salaries and bonuses provided to motivate the firm’s employees. Non-cash benefits include; car ownership scheme, medical cover, and education support to employees (Noe 268). The organization has flexible working hours which allow employees to work during convenient periods of the day.
Volkswagen Group provides medical cover to its employees as part of its compensation program. The medical cover includes a regular checkup of employees to determine their health and working status. Health status is verified by a contracted doctor who issues regular medical reports to the firm’s administration. The same doctor also determines the working condition of sick employees. The medical cover is an attractive health and safety policy among employees. However, the organization does not cover any accidents incurred while using a company’s car for official and unofficial transportation (Noe 273). Medical cover for accidents while using Volkswagen vehicles is important as it improves the company’s public image. Vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen Group such as Lamborghini and Porsche would attract more buyers if there is a comprehensive medical cover. The organization should consider covering the health of employees to convince consumers of a comprehensive medical cover. The cover would also improve the employee-management relationship and enhance working conditions at Volkswagen manufacturing plants.
Organizations should be willing to spend more money on employee wellness as a sign of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Most CSR programs are intended to give back to society in the form of donations and charity events. Since employees form part of an organization’s group of stakeholders, they should be considered in CSR programs of an organization. Implementation of this program would appreciate employees for harmonizing other stakeholders in unique ways (Noe 275). CSR programs might include Quality Assurance (QA) in production and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) practices. Volkswagen Group should consider spending more finances on medical covers of employees. Some of the workers could get involved in accidents. The firm should consider protecting its employees against such accidents as a means of improving worker protection status.
Firms can adopt a variety of programs and initiatives to encourage good behavior among employees. Behaving safely in one’s working environment would translate into a positive organizational culture for a firm. These are attributes of a successful organization since a positive organizational culture attracts high revenue generation. Social responsibility is the collective role of all entities in a community (Noe 283). Profit-making institutions should take part in such programs as a means of fulfilling their moral role in society. Encouraging employees to behave safely would enhance the moral standards of a business environment which can be emulated by other societies.
Employees should not be punished for unhealthy lifestyles. These individuals should be embraced by their immediate society for social transformation. For instance, an untidy engineer at Volkswagen Group firm could be placed in a team of employees who work on environmental cleanness of the surrounding (Noe 292). Such an initiative would encourage a moral culture of hygiene behavior implemented politely.
Benefit programs should implement the objectives of CSR initiatives in an organization. Such a measure would enhance organizational culture in a firm by improving motivational levels and working conditions. Employees, who work in a conducive environment, perform excellently in their roles when motivated by objective CSR initiatives.
Noe, Raymond A., et al. “Fundamentals of human resource management.” (2007): 6-578.