On 16 October 2015, Vanessa Friedrich , Local HR Business Partner in Villars-sur-Glâne/Switzerland was presented with the “Occupational Rehabilitation Award” by the disability insurance (Invalidenversicherung – IV) office. The IV supports people who are are expected to be unable to work either permanently or over a long period of time due to illness. Every year, it recognises individuals and companies that have made an extraordinary contribution to occupation rehabilitation.
Vifor Pharma and the IV office in Fribourg/Switzerland have enjoyed a long and successful relationship. Vifor Pharma is full of success stories – a long-standing employee, for example, increasingly found herself fighting health issues. An internal transfer enabled her to overcome the obstacles to continue her development and maintain her positive attitude to her work. Recently, we also extended a trainee’s temporary employment contract based on her and the company’s positive experience, and one of her colleagues was even offered a permanent position. Vifor Pharma also benefits from the fact that it can retain the various expertise of these valued employees. Collaboration between line managers, affected employees and the HR department is time-consuming, challenging and requires a great deal of finesse, and therefore makes the positive results arising from it all the more rewarding.
Thank all involved people for making these amazing things happen!